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Walbridge, Charles E. (b. 1842) to mother

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04662.119 Author/Creator: Walbridge, Charles E. (b. 1842) Place Written: Newberne, North Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1866/02/13 Pagination: 4 p.

He has purchased many items at auction, including 257 army wagons. He spilled a mixture of kerosene oil and lamp black all over his face and clothes and had a horrible time trying to clean up.

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