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Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875) To: Samuel Milligan

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07995 Author/Creator: Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875) Place Written: Washington City [D.C.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1861/01/13 Pagination: 8 p. 23 cm x 14.7 cm

Summary of Content: "I look upon secession as being the prolific mother of anarchy which is the next step to despotism. It is political heresy..." (Johnson wrote 1860 by mistake)

People: Milligan, Samuel
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PoliticsGovernment and CivicsSecessionCivil WarPresidentVice President

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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