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Walbridge, Louise to Charles Walbridge

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04663.73 Author/Creator: Walbridge, Louise Place Written: Buffalo, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 October 1865 Pagination: 4 p.

Summary of Content: Family news and weather. A rash of break-ins has made the family uneasy. "I heard a commotion down stairs and Mother opening the front door, a very little thing alarms us in these days of murders and robberies so I ran down stairs as fast as I could. Harry, half dressed, proceeded me revolver stuck into his pocket. Our danger, melted away when we saw Mother, Bille, and Annie reading a telegraph saying that Minnie started[home] tonight..."

People: Walbridge, Charles E

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryCrimeWeaponryTelegraph

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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