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Alexander, W.S. (fl. 1864) to Charles Morgan Coit

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03603.291 Author/Creator: Alexander, W.S. (fl. 1864) Place Written: Steamer Ocean Wave Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 June 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: This is a letter that Coit passed along to his family. The original letter stated the Coit was to receive one can of cherries and one can of milk. The note that Coit added to his family says that the milk and cherries were a generous gift from the visiting reverend.

People: Coit, Charles M.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union Soldier's Letter, Soldier's Letter, Religion, Charity and Philanthropy, Diet and nutrition, Military Provisions, Children and Family

Sub Era: The American Civil War