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DescriptionLt. Calvin Pierce Autograph Letter Signed Discussing the 1862 Election Results and the Emancipation Proclamation. Eight pages of bifolia, 5" x 8", Camp Charleston, Virginia; November 1 and 2, 1862. In this letter addressed to his sweetheart, Cordeal, Pierce discusses the march from Ohio to Camp Charleston, the democratic victory in Ohio, his concerns that the victors will align with the Copperhead faction, and the Emancipation Proclamation. It reads in part: "...So you think the Democratic victory in Ohio one step towards peace. If the Democrats elected are for a vigorous prosecution of the war then it may be a step towards peace. But if they are of the Vallandigham stripe and it is to be a peace bought by the conversion to the principles he advocates. I want no such peace. I am willing to fight my three years out here, and if I live them out, I would come and fight another three years to punish all such traitors as he is...I should be pleased to see an honorable and lasting peace effected as anyone this kind of life is not agreeable to me, but quite to the contrary, but the only way I have seen thus far is by subjugating the South and removing the cause, slavery. I am no Abolitionist under ordinary circumstances if I ever had any sympathies that way. They have been entirely removed since the war commenced, but I conceive the Emancipation of the slaves to be one of the means to be used to end the war, and I was glad when I read the President's proclamation to that effect..." Signed, "Calvin."
Condition: Creases are lightly rubbed. Smoothed mail folds.
More Information: Calvin Pierce (1833-1904) joined Company G of the 42nd Ohio Infantry on October 4, 1861. This was the regiment of the future president, James Garfield. Pierce was appointed sergeant April 10, 1862 and by May of 1864 had been promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He mustered out with company December 2, 1864. Pierce married Cordelia F. Lockwood (1837-1891) in December of 1865. They had one daughter, Frances Lillian.
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