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    Lincoln & Draft Riots Letter. 2-page letter written on both sides of a single sheet, Camp of the 32nd Regt. Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Memphis, Tennessee, July 22, 1863, from Stephen D. Johnson to his uncle Richard. After complaining about having the "ague" and taking quinine (in common with one-third of his regiment), he predicts the war will be over by May 1864 and the slaves gradually emancipated. "The copperheads keep rather still it seems since Vicksburg and Port Hudson have gone up... I notice that Bragg has left Chattanooga, Johnston cut dirt for Alabama, pursued by Sherman and Morgan got beautifully ducked... I felt good when I heard that Lee had gone into Pennsylvania. It was the best thing he could do for the north. It waked up some of those fat lazy Dutchmen that have smoked their pipes in seeming security... The riot that has been going on in New York City is a judgment upon the people of New York for electing Seymore for governor... You seem to speak rather slighting of Old Abe, but I consider him as good a man as the United States can afford. He is an honest man... his judgment is as sound as the maul that he used to bust up the oaks with when he was in the habit of splitting rails." Partial separation at central fold. A fine letter.

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    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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