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Johnston, Joseph Eggleston (1807-1891) to John S. Thrasher

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03745 Author/Creator: Johnston, Joseph Eggleston (1807-1891) Place Written: Dalton, Georgia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 December 1863 Pagination: 3 p. ; 18.7 x 23.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Accepts Thrasher's offer to telegraph him relevant news items and send him a Richmond newspaper daily. Expresses his desire that the state authorities would help find army deserters and "get them back." Also discusses military movements.

Background Information: John S. Thrasher was a journalist and publisher. During the Civil War he was an agent for the Associated Press in Atlanta.

People: Johnston, Joseph Eggleston, 1807-1891
Thrasher, J. S. (John Sidney)., 1817-1879

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaJournalismTelegraphDesertionMilitary Law

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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