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Armstrong, George E. (fl. 1861-1865) to his mother

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02157.08 Author/Creator: Armstrong, George E. (fl. 1861-1865) Place Written: Port Hudson, Louisiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 January 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Contains two letters. The first is undated, by George Armstrong, written to his mother from Port Hudson, Louisiana. Encloses a piece of a rebel flag that he acquired from a Confederate gun boat (not present). The second, on verso, is dated 29 January 1863 and written to an unknown recipient by Etta Reese from Pulaski, Tennessee. Reese's letter contains a fragment of a poem.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Soldier's Letter, Military History, Union Forces, Civil War, Union Soldier's Letter, Navy, Confederate States of America, Poetry, Literature and Language Arts

Sub Era: The American Civil War