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Weeks, John F. (fl. 1860) to his brother Edgar Wright and sister Lydia Wright

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06728.009 Author/Creator: Weeks, John F. (fl. 1860) Place Written: Camp Rolla, Missouri Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 January 1862 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.5 x 13 cm.

Writes that General Wyman of the 14th Illinois has command of the post. Reports that Sigel and Asboth's divisions are also there. Describes how he spent New Year's Eve with lots of food sent to the soldiers from Illinois.

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