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Wheeler, Frank to his mother

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09283 Author/Creator: Wheeler, Frank Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 July 1847 Pagination: 3 p.

Lt. of 2nd Illinois Volunteers, re dining with former Mexican president General Santa Anna in Puebla: "His opinion of the war is this, he said he thought that the Mexican people would send for him again and as to peace there would be none."

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