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Collection Title: Chatham (W.L.) Letter

Collection Number: M78

Dates: March 8, 1864

Volume: 1 letter

Provenance: Donated by Leon A. Wilber

Copyright: This letter may be protected from unauthorized copying by the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

No biographical information is available on W.L. Chatham.

Scope and Content:

This 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.

Chatham comments upon the military situation in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, and expresses concern about his family and his health. He also writes at length 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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