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Archer, Edward R. (fl. 1830-1917) [Copy Book of E. R. Archer]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.159 Author/Creator: Archer, Edward R. (fl. 1830-1917) Place Written: London, England Type: Letterbook Date: 18 March 1864 to 15 November 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "Wedgewood's Improved Copy Book." Letterpress copy book from Europe to Archer's family and fellow officers in the C.S.V.N. [Confederate States Volunteer Navy] with index of letters copied. Written while visiting London and Bermuda. On the cover it indicates the number of the book as '1'. Blue and white printed paper covers, product label pasted to front cover, tissue paper leaves. (18 Mar) \93Some of my letters have been destroyed whist running the Blockade \85 You are now ready to supply Genl Beauregard with a 15\94 gun.\94; (29 Mar) \93[Allow] us to make our sortie amongst the enemies fleet which heretofore have had full sway over the broad ocean \85 this will be the proudest moment of my life.\94; (8 Apr) \93I can\92t understand how a white man can humble himself so much to become a servant \85 they are treated with more severity and are greater slaves than our servants are.\94; (5 May) \93All the Confederates in Europe were highly delighted at \85 the defeat of [Nathaniel] Banks and & the taking of Fort Pillow by [Nathan Bedford] Forrest.\94

People: Archer, Edward R.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Letterbook, Civil War, Military History, Confederate States of America, Navy, Caribbean, Travel, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Blockade, Confederate General or Leader, Artillery, Battle, African American History, Slavery, Fort Pillow Massacre, Union Forces, Union General, Fortification

Sub Era: The American Civil War