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M078 Chatham (W.L.) Letter

Object Type: Collection
In Collection: Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Digital Collection



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Letter, dated March 8, 1864, was written by W.L. Chatham to "sis," who the donor has identified as Nancy Elizabeth Searcy. Chatham is writing from the mountains of Jefferson County, Tennessee, where he is in the Confederate Army guarding Bull's Gap. He comments upon the military situation in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, and about the possibility of a rumored settlement whereby the Confederacy would receive its independence in exchange for agreeing to gradually emancipate the slaves.

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