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Bailey T. (1805-1877) to Flag Officer

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04188.05 Author/Creator: Bailey T. (1805-1877) Place Written: USS Frigate Colorado Type: Autograph letter signed Date: Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses a "contraband negro" who brought news of confederate troop movements

People: McKean, Family

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Navy, Blockade, Contrabands, African American History, Slavery, Confederate States of America

Sub Era: Age of Jackson