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Blanchard, Ira (b. 1835) to Mary (Wright) Kellogg

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.31.18 Author/Creator: Blanchard, Ira (b. 1835) Place Written: Jackson,Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 October 1862 Pagination: 4 p. ; 24.6 x 19.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Blanchard writes to Mary Wright from Jackson, Tennessee. Thanks her for the flowers she enclosed in her letter. Comments, " the flowers which grow here are very beautiful, I think their breath is not poisoned with the sentiment of treason..." Expresses interest in knowing "...who you are waiting for" to marry. Says the rebels are in force at Bethel, Tennessee and have cut off their communication with Corinth, Mississippi. Talks about the vigorous efforts underway to secure the city of Jackson. Asks her what she thinks of the Emancipation Proclamation. States he is happy about it and hopes the "...Republican charter so long disgraced...shall be free to asert itself as the model government of the world."

Background Information: Blanchard enlisted 13 June 1861 in Illinois as a Sargeant. He mustered into "H" Co., Illinois, Infantry.

People: Blanchard, Ira, 1835-?
Kellogg, Mary Wright, 1844-1912

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesSoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterGeography and Natural HistoryWomen's HistoryGiftTreasonConfederate States of AmericaMarriageGovernment and CivicsEmancipationEmancipation ProclamationRepublican PartyAfrican American HistorySlavery

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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