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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03791.024 Author/Creator: Cranor, Franklin (fl. 1862-1865) Place Written: Huntsville, Indiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 March 1865 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 20.3 x 25.6 cm

Summary of Content: re: Reports that washed out bridges have resulted in no mail delivery for a week. He writes that lack of news has made him "tired and lonesome." After the arrival of the postmaster he closes his letter and reopens it the next day, where he mentions a telegraph dispatch reporting General Sheridan's capture of Confederate General Erling [Early]. He is afraid it is "all most too good to be true."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Prisoner of WarCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterPost OfficeInfrastructureTelegraphUnion GeneralConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of America

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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