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Swain, Julius Marshall (1835-1911) to his mother

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00653.10.07 Author/Creator: Swain, Julius Marshall (1835-1911) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 June 1863 Pagination: 4 p. ; 24.8 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Written from Georgetown, in Washington, D.C. Is anxious to take the right classes and pass his exam to prove his worthiness to receive a good commission. Recognizes that family at home is opposed "to my joining a negro regiment," but is anxious to serve his country. Has ordered a life insurance policy.

Background Information: Swain was a telegrapher with the Massachusetts Signal Corps, 38th Regiment. He enlisted in 1862 as a second lieutenant, and was commissioned into the US Army Signal Corps in 1863, resigning in 1865. ...He was breveted first lieutenant and captain 13 March 1865. Swain considered joining the 54th Mass. (Colored) Regiment.See More

People: Swain, Julius Marshall, 1835-1911

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: African American HistoryFinanceEducationMilitary HistoryInfantryCivil WarUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterAfrican American Troops

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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