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Cranor, Franklin (fl. 1862-1865) to Delia Slocum

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03791.003 Author/Creator: Cranor, Franklin (fl. 1862-1865) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 December 1862 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.2 x 25.6 cm

re: Cranor discusses the restlessness and anxiety of soldiers under fire but not engaged in any battles. He points out that the soldiers are still performing their duties however, even if they are playing cards. He expresses hope that he won't have to drill now that his regiment is fighting more frequently.

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