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    Daniel H. Hill Autograph Letter Signed and Magazine Subscription. Two pages, 7.5" x 7.25", Charlotte [North Carolina], April 5, 1866, to Thomas H. Ruger. Bvt. Major General Thomas Ruger was place in charge of the military occupation of North Carolina following the war. Here, former Confederate General D. H. Hill writes to Ruger regarding the proposed publishing of a Southern magazine. He writes in full:

    "We are about publishing a Magazine in this place & I think it but respectful to you to ask what we will be permitted to publish. In my interview with you in Charlotte, I stated to you frankly my position & feelings & I now thank you for the courtesy then shown me. You have doubtless long since discerned that the most quiet, orderly and loyal men in the country are there who fought your men fully in the field. You have doubtless, as great or greater contempt for the toadies, who were converted to unionism by the battle of Gettysburg. Should the wheel turn, they would be as loud in their denunciations of the Govt. & the Yankees as they were yon [?]. I make no professions of loving your people, but I do love my own & because of that love, I intend to inculcate submission, obedience & loyalty. There is no more thought of rebellion in the desolated South then there is in the wealthy North. The people of my country are great as submissive as there of yours. They are paying their taxes without a murmur, thought it denies them of their best cash. The prospectus will show the design & scope of the Magazine. If left untrammeled, I will of mine own volition insist upon the religious observance of the oaths we have taken as a conquered people. But I don't intend to play tough and I wish to vindication [vindicate] the honor and character of my beloved South. Should you find any thing disloyal in the Magazine, a hint will be sufficient to correct it."

    With a Subscription Sheet to the magazine "The Land We Love." The magazine was "Devoted to Literature, Agriculture and General Intelligence, and comprising Reports of Battles, Incidents and Anecdotes of the War, never before published." Hill (1821-1889) served as editor of the magazine from 1866 through 1869, giving voice to thousands of "conquered people" throughout the former Confederate States.

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