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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03836.85 Author/Creator: West, Lewis H. (b. 1829) Place Written: Aboard USS "Fernandina" at St. Catherine's, Georgia. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 January 1865 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 24.8 x 19.6 cm.

References receiving her letter of 5 January. Says his Christmas was subdued, but that he did manage to get a turkey for dinner. Says "By the way, was not Sherman's dispatch to the president presenting Savannah as a Christmas gift, a neat thing?" Says the only present he gave this year was "a calico dress to the old darky woman who washes for me and the result is that she wants to send a barrel of peanuts to my mother, in return." Assumes that Sherman is in South Carolina by now. Recommends that her father read "Army & Navy Journal," a weekly journal based in New York, as it is better than the daily newspapers. Has just heard of the second and successful attack at Fort Fisher. Says he heard a rumor they might be going to Port Royal soon.

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