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Churchill, Byron (b. ca. 1846) to: Drazilla Churchill.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03859.12 Author/Creator: Churchill, Byron (b. ca. 1846) Place Written: Grand Junction, [Tennesee] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 November 1862 Pagination: 2 p.

There is news of an upcoming draft, which Churchill hopes will draw largely on Democrats and Abolitionists. Churchill also reacts to the arming of African American in South Carolina: "…I wished it was the Negroes that was slain instid of our white Population….I never liked the black rase but since I am in the South where they are plenty I think less of them." He reports that they are doing Provost duty in Grand Junction.

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