Description[Civil War] Post-war Autograph Letter. Four pages, 7.57" x 12", Marion [Alabama], December 26, 1865, a retained copy by Englishman George Gardner to American Colin McRae in London, England, regarding their coal business and the state of affairs in the South since the surrender. He writes in part:
"All this country has suffered by the War: but Marion and its vicinity was not visited by U. S. troops till after the surrender. Your land I think will not be troubled. The Marshalls of the U. S. think it belongs to me and they are very civil to English subjects...Most of the people here have made a great deal by stealing the cotton which the Confederate States has, but as I think that all stealing is stealing I have kept out of it...The country here is now very quiet. That is to what it has been, but the people are still unsettled & the Negroes hardly know what to do. They however are fast getting homes."
A fascinating look at the postbellum South. Elegantly copied with some ink bleeding, but the text is untouched. Folds, else very fine.
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