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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07006.06 Author/Creator: Brunt, William (fl. 1863-1865) Place Written: Ft. Donelson, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 December 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Brunt tells Martha how much he enjoys receiving her letters, "for they are full of pure lofty Patriotism." One again, mentions his devotion to the cause of the Union and the emancipated slaves under his command: "I tell them that true manhood lies in the mental worth not in the color of the skin nor in the stature or size of the frame." Writes that his wife is happy at the camp. Expresses his intense anger with draft dodgers and hopes that they "may Each be afficted [sic] with whatever desease they seek to counterfeit."

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, Conscription, Health and Medical, Patriotism, Slavery, Contrabands, Women's History, Marriage, Military Camp

Sub Era: The American Civil War