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Smith, Charles H. to Samuel Watson Van Nuys

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07687.152 Author/Creator: Smith, Charles H. Place Written: Hopewell, Indiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 April 1862 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 24.6 x 19.6 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07687.152 Author/Creator: Smith, Charles H. Place Written: Hopewell, Indiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 April 1862 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 24.6 x 19.6 cm.

Congratulates Van Nuys on his success in the battle at Winchester, relates news of friends and family members, and mentions the recent escape of several prisoners from Indianapolis, as well as the shooting of another prisoner attempting to escape.

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