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    Civil War Letter from A. E. Stratton, Sr., in Texas, 1864 A fine content manuscript letter, 4 pages, 7.75" x 9.75" from a father A. E. Stratton, Sr., to his son, Sergeant A. E. Stratton, Jr., in the Confederate Army, bringing news from home and predictions for the future. The letter, written from Brazoria County, Texas, December 11, 1864, covers both local and national news. He writes upon Sherman's march and the precarious situation of the Confederate Army but then insists that: "...I am still confident that the Federal Government will never succeed in subjugating us. But we have no prospect of peace as long as the Lincoln Govt can find men & money to prosecute the war. His policy has been full indorsed [sic] by the people in reelecting him for the 2nd term and the war is to be continued in all its cruelties four years longer, the end of which in my opinion will be to establish for the Yankee Government a Military despotism and financial ruin, what will become of the Confederacy is not so certain. We may finally be allowed to maintain a sort of an independent form of Government by forming an Alliance with some Foreign Government, which in a few years will be changed into a Monarchial [sic] Government of some form. I look for constant changes in Government affairs until we have nothing left of an Elective & free Government. The sooner this change can be made and end the war the better for the present, and future Generations. I believe that African Slavery will be finally abolished, and society organized on the continent organized as it is in Europe, as Land lord & Tennents [sic], or as Notables & Serfs, only another turn for Slavery but when established in this way will be permanent an unchangeable..." Interestingly enough, this became the reality for many freed slaves for half a century after the end of the Civil War. More excellent content. A few minor defects, otherwise very bright and legible. Simply matted and framed. A fine content piece. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
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