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West, Lewis H. (b. 1829) to Harriet Moore

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03836.79 Author/Creator: West, Lewis H. (b. 1829) Place Written: St. Catherine's, Georgia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 November 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 24.8 x 19.6 cm.

Written aboard USS "Fernandina." References her letter of 5 November, noting that it was the first definite news of the election they received, and the first information from the North. Says he heard from two South Carolina deserters that Lincoln won. Writes, "Wasn't it a glorious result! and Pennsylvania redeemed herself too! ... What will become of 'Little Mac' now I wonder? He must feel considerably 'littler' than he ever did before." Declares that the administration has made blunders, but that they have been vindicated for removing "such wretched trash" as McClellan, Buell, and Fitz-John Porter. Writes that he would like some reading to make him laugh. Says he has been busy searching for a small sloop that he heard was trying to run the blockade with 10 bales of cotton. Mentions that he has little to do and must keep his distance from his men socially and hopes the war ends soon. Says the South "is a country neither fit to live in, or to die in, and that renders the obstinacy of it's people the more aggravating."

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