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Moore, John (1826-1907) to Mary Kelly

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04194.38 Author/Creator: Moore, John (1826-1907) Place Written: Camp Floyd, Utah Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 January 1861 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.8 x 26.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses secession. Wishes South Carolina could leave the Union, and laments its power to rent the nation. Forcefully criticizes the leadership of President James Buchanan. Hopes President Abraham Lincoln will be prepared for the coming conflict. Mentions the eight-day delay in news from New York, which reaches them via telegraph and pony express. Unlike paymasters in the east, their paymaster has funds enough for six months. Wonders if his brother Robert, a doctor in Alabama, has "been run out of the country for being a northern man."

Background Information: Moore was an army surgeon on duty during the Utah War, 1857-1858. Kelly was Moore's sister.

People: Moore, John,1826-1907
Kelly, Mary Moore, ca. 1819-1899

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistorySecessionConfederate States of AmericaPresidentGovernment and CivicsPoliticsTelegraphPost OfficePony ExpressSoldier's PayWestward ExpansionFrontiers and ExplorationSoldier's Letter

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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