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Van Nuys, John H. to Samuel Watson Van Nuys

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07687.115 Author/Creator: Van Nuys, John H. Place Written: Franklin, Indiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 December 1861 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20 x 12.7 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07687.115 Author/Creator: Van Nuys, John H. Place Written: Franklin, Indiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 December 1861 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20 x 12.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Replacing the S.W.V.'s current chaplain with a Mr. Woods. Mentions that his trip has been delayed once again, and describes health of various friends and family, and refers to the activities of the "Campbellites" (a religious group). Reports rumors of coming military conflict in Kentucky.

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistorySoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterUnion ForcesAfrican American TroopsAfrican American HistorySports and GamesPhotographySoldier's Diary

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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