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Slayton, William J. to Asa W. Slayton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03955.09 Author/Creator: Slayton, William J. Place Written: Lansing, Michigan Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 February 1867 Pagination: 3 p. ; 21 x 13.1 cm.

Summary of Content: William asks for news about home, family, and Asa'a school. He compliments Asa's wife and daughters. William mentions Mr. White of Ann Arbor, MI has sore eyes and seeks advice from Asa as to its cause, cure and cost of medicine. He mentions writing letter to Charles in Grattan. William apologizes for not sending a copy of the legislative journal more frequently and blames weather and flooding. Informs Asa that he plans to telegram his wife Sara to come visit Lansing by stagecoach.

Background Information: Asa W. Slayton and Chester M. Slayton were brothers from Grattan, Michigan who served in the 25th Michigan Infantry Regiment. Asa W. Slayton enlisted as a sergeant at age 30 and ...Chester as a corporal at age 27, the later being promoted to full sergeant on 15 July 1864 during his participation in the Atlanta Campaign. Asa resigned from his position in the army in 1864 and returned to Grattan where he worked a school teacher, farmer and amateur artist. Chester served as a surveyor and draughtsman in the Engineers Department of the 25th Infantry until the end of the war. After being mustered out in June of 1865, he returned to Grattan to live as a farmer. See More

People: Slayton, Chester

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: EducationWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyHealth and MedicalGovernment and CivicsPost OfficeJournalismTransportationTravelTelegraph

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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