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Hatch, J.H. (fl. 1861) to John T. Pickett

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03587.38 Author/Creator: Hatch, J.H. (fl. 1861) Place Written: New Orleans, Louisiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 November 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the secession of the South and the movement of the Union Army into Savannah and Charleston. Reports on the South's success at Leesburg and at Columbus, Kentucky. Includes personal news. Affixed clippings pertain to the arrest of Confederate States Ministers Slidell and Mason aboard a British mail ship, the re-capture of the Steamer Sumter, and the success of the agent for the Confederate States in Mexico. Envelope included does not seem to have originally held this letter.

People: Pickett, John T. (John Thomas), 1822-1884.
Hatch, J.H., fl. 1861.
Mason, J. M. (James Murray), 1798-1871.
Slidell, John, 1793-1871.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Privateering, Civil War, Military History, Confederate States of America, Secession, Trent Affair, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Latin and South America, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Maritime, Law, Government and Civics, Diplomacy, Prisoner Battle, Steamboat, Navy, Union Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War