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Brunt, William (fl. 1863-1865) to Martha Weir

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07006.02 Author/Creator: Brunt, William (fl. 1863-1865) Place Written: Fort Donelson, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 July 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the health of Martha's brother, Robert, who has been sent home from his regiment to recuperate. Talks about recent Union victories at the battles of Vicksburg and Port Hudson and predicts that "a few more blows...& the rebelion will be on a parr with our stock in the Bull Run fight." Writes about the effect of the climate on the good health of soldiers. Mentions that soldiers practicing guerrilla warfare are "scattered through the country, but they do more good than evil for they live off the citizens, who are professionaly Union men but practically trecherous cowards." Mentions Lee's failed raid into Pennsylvania and claims that Confederate failures will "show two classes of men the Elephant. The Copperheads will see the Elephant in the waste of there supplies as consumed by an invading friend The Southern rebels will finde an Elephant in the cowardise of theire Northern allies." Congratulates Martha on her engagement to Mattie Cook.

People: Brunt, William, fl. 1863-1865.
Weir, Martha, fl. 1863-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: African American Troops, African American History, Civil War, Military History, Soldier's Letter, Union Soldier's Letter, Union Forces, Health and Medical, Children and Family, Battle of Vicksburg, Battle of Port Hudson, Battle, Battle of Bull Run, Guerrilla Warfare, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Copperheads, Marriage, Women's History

Sub Era: The American Civil War