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Barton, Clara (1821-1912) to Lon Poor

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08375 Author/Creator: Barton, Clara (1821-1912) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 February 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: [Abraham Lincoln] "Th Pres. grows more gaunt, pale, and careworn than ever. I feel badly when I think how much four years have changed him. I do not want to think that he could not endure another four years of toil and care like the last, and yet it would seem doubtful when one looks at him . . ." Also mentions set backs at Fort Wagner and in Florida.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author, Women's History, President, Civil War, Battle, Union Forces, Military History, Health and Medical

Sub Era: The American Civil War