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Gaines, Edmund Pendleton, 1777-1849 to R. Opues

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03542 Author/Creator: Gaines, Edmund Pendleton, 1777-1849 Place Written: St. Louis, Missouri Type: Letter signed Date: 24 September 1844 Pagination: 11 p. : docket ; 25.3 x 19.8 cm. Order a Copy

Writes to the Adjutant General of the United States Army in Washington, D.C. regarding the physical properties of the Mississippi River and how it has influenced the development and history of America. Discusses using the river for the defense of the southern and western frontier. This document is an appendix to the reports Gaines wrote from 1823 through 1842 on the military aspects of the Mississippi River. Simply bound with string. Impression in upper left corner reads "Owen & Hurlbut, So. Lee, Mass."

Gaines, Edmund Pendleton, 1777-1849
Germain, George Sackville, Viscount Sackville, 1716-1785

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