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Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) to John J. Crittenden

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02490.14 Author/Creator: Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 May 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discussing a request for arms for Union men in Kentucky.

People: Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872.
Crittenden, John Jordan, 1787-1863.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, Lincoln's Cabinet, Union Forces, Weaponry, Military History, Civil War, American Statesmen

Sub Era: The American Civil War