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Plumly, B. Rush "Corps d'Afrique"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08147 Author/Creator: Plumly, B. Rush Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 04 September 1863 Pagination:

Summary of Content: "Corps d'Afrique" recruiting letter, and card from Plumly's Brigade, 16th Regiment, New Orleans. [Plumly was former underground railroad operator]


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Underground RailroadAfrican American HistoryAfrican American TroopsCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesRecruitment

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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