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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07626 Author/Creator: Smith, Thomas Kilby Place Written: Fort Gaines, Alabama Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1865/03/24 Pagination: 2 p. 23.7 x 19.6 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07626 Author/Creator: Smith, Thomas Kilby Place Written: Fort Gaines, Alabama Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1865/03/24 Pagination: 2 p. 23.7 x 19.6 cm

Summary of Content: "I...shall deem my sacrifices light if my name be considered worthy of record with those of the heroes who now bear our flag in triumph, or the illustrious dead who have fallen beneath its folds."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryDeathAmerican FlagUnion GeneralUnion Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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