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DescriptionLt. Calvin Pierce Autograph Letter Signed Discussing the Union's Loss at Chickasaw Bayou and the Emancipation Proclamation. Eight pages of bifolia, 5" x 8", Young's Point, Louisiana; March 1, 1863. In this letter addressed to his sweetheart, Cordeal, Pierce discusses the role slavery played in the war, the effect the Emancipation Proclamation will have, and his refusal to accept a discharge if it were offered. It reads in part: "... Cordeal, I must confess that I am somewhat surprised at the tone and sentiment expressed in a part of your letter...Whatever I may think in regard to the policy of the administration with reference to the subject of slavery, I believe it to be my duty and the duty of everyone in this great struggle for the preservation of the union, to give in their cordial support, for Gods Sake I say, don't let the country be divided now...Whether President Lincoln's Proclamation will result for the best is a problem to be solved, as yet I see no harm with it certainly does one good thing it lets us know who our enemies are, if we have got to contend about the everlasting n*** Emancipation proclamation, and fight for the union in good earnest..." Signed, "Cal."
Condition: .5" closed tear to bottom margin. Creases are lightly rubbed. Intermittent toning throughout due to age. 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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