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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.43.03 Author/Creator: Place Written: Alexandria, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 June 1862 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 20.3 x 25.2 cm. Order a Copy

Signed G. J. H. Writes from Camp Alexandria. Thanks the recipient for the "interesting" letter he received. Mentions traveling 600 miles from Washington junction to Harpers Ferry, Virginia to Cumberland, Maryland by [train] cars. Describes the road being rough and Harpers Ferry being the roughest country he ever saw. Writes of washing himself "good" in the "little pool" everyday and believes that it benefits his health. Says he was "quite poor" when he first arrived from the 207th but he is now "fleshy." Worries about becoming sick and dying but believes that there is "sweet rest" in heaven. Discusses hearing about the recipient getting married once he returns from the 207th regiment. Letter was possibly written to John Reeser. Letter is damaged causing minor text loss.

G. J. H., fl. 1862
Reeser, John, fl. 1862-1865

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