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Bailey, D. C. (fl. 1864-1865) to Mary E. Bailey

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02664 Author/Creator: Bailey, D. C. (fl. 1864-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 June 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: States that he is grateful and thanks God that he and his family have been safe from sickness and harm. Reports that a part of his regiment is in Madison and will probably be there for some time. He hopes that if he is to stay long somewhere, it is in a town that he is familiar with. Gives instructions on plowing around the potato crop, killing weeds, and shoeing his horses. He is being kept in a camp near Tennally Town, Washington D.C. to defend the city while the Lincoln assassination trials are going on. Reports that all the testimony from the trial has been taken. Hopes that the remainder of the trial will not take a long time and that the conspirators get what they deserve.

People: Bailey, D. C., fl. 1864-1865.
Bailey, Mary E., fl. 1864-1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Assassination Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union Soldier's Letter, Soldier's Letter, Children and Family, Health and Medical, Religion, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Military Camp, Washington, D.C., Lincoln Assassination, President Law, Military History, Military Law, Crime, Criminals and Outlaws

Sub Era: The American Civil War