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Worcester, John H. (1839-1863) [John H. Worcester describing the situation in Florida]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03974.10 Author/Creator: Worcester, John H. (1839-1863) Place Written: St. Augustine, Florida Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 November 1863 Pagination:

The letter talks about patriotism, how much the Confederates know about why they are fighting, and tense discussions over the potential execution of a general.

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