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Blanchard, Ira (b. 1835) to Mary (Wright) Kellogg

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.31.16 Author/Creator: Blanchard, Ira (b. 1835) Place Written: Rialto, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 August 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Blanchard writes to Mary Wright from camp on the Hatchie River. Mentions the warm weather and his illness. Reports on the imminent arrival of 600,000 more troops. Anticipates the end of the rebellion soon. Comments on the Confiscation Act of 1862 and how it "... will be a severe blow to rebels if properly carried out by our generals." Says they eat peaches and melons which grow in great abundance. Offers his opinion on what to do with the negroes; "...give them a spot of earth where they may dwell by themselves away from the whites, let the white women marry the white man and the black woman marry the black man. Let them be two nations..." Letter has an emblem.

People: Blanchard, Ira, b. 1835.
Kellogg, Mary Wright, 1844-1912.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Soldier's Letter, Union Soldier's Letter, Health and Medical, Law, Government and Civics, Confederate States of America, Diet and nutrition, Military Provisions, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Marriage, Women's History, African American History, Segregation

Sub Era: The American Civil War