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Meriweather, J.B. (fl. 1864) to Conrad Baker

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08247.01 Author/Creator: Meriweather, J.B. (fl. 1864) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 June 1864 Pagination:

Summary of Content: Meriweather writes to Colonel Baker about the 7 March 1864 arrest of Lieutenant Frank Williams of the 13th North Carolina, a parolee captured at Gettysburg, for disloyal conduct, including "using the most obscene and vulgar language towards the President...insulting the Flag...abusing some sick soldiers of the Union army...". Meriweather, the local provost marshal, asks that Williams be sent to Johnson's Island as a POW. Docketed up the chain of command to the commissary general of prisoners.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaPrisoner of WarPardonUnion ForcesBattleBattle of GettysburgAmerican FlagHealth and Medical

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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