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Mosby, John S. (1833-1916) to Sam Chapman

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03921.21 Author/Creator: Mosby, John S. (1833-1916) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: June 4 1907 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Scathing response to reunion speeches, especially one minimizing slavery's role in the war. Includes brief account of the Southern defense of slavery prior to the war, noting that he did not approve of slavery; rather, it was inherited as an institution: "I am as not honored of having fought on the side of slavery --a soldier fights for his country --right or wrong-- he is not responsible for the political merits of the course he fights in. The South was my country." [transcript available.]

People: Chapman, Sam
Mosby, John S.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Fraternal Organization, Civil War, Military History, Slavery, African American History, Patriotism, Politics

Sub Era: The American Civil War African Americans and Emancipation Reconstruction