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Coit, George O. (fl. 1863) to his mother and brother

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03603.203 Author/Creator: Coit, George O. (fl. 1863) Place Written: New Jersey R.R. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 March 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Describes the smoothness of the New Jersey Railroad ride as a byproduct of the flat and uninteresting country. He is on his way to visit his brother, Charles, and suggests that his mother and sister follow suit. He describes attending a Union meeting at Cooper Institute with Mr. Edwards while in New York. The speaker, Colonel Baird of Brooklyn, addressed a large crowd who were very excited by the strong Union/abolitionist sentiment. He also describes seeing a play and eating oysters with his uncle.

People: Coit, Charles M.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Military Camp, Union Forces, Children and Family, Geography and Natural History, Travel, Railroad, Abolition, Transportation, Education Politics, Slavery, African American History, Republican Party, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Diet and nutrition

Sub Era: The American Civil War