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    [Abraham Lincoln and the Black Regiments]. William H. Clark Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, 8" x 12.25", Washington, November 15, 1863. William Clark was a wounded Union soldier residing in Carver Hospital in Washington when he wrote this letter home to his family, in part, as written: "Yesterday ther was a great stir in the city I saw some thing I never thought of seaing a few years a go I saw the second District of Columbia Colored Reg of Infantry on drill they wer nearly all from this city they wer freaed by the President and now are under arms and have marching orders for Charleston there is 4 Regs ordered to go in a few days 2 Regs from Maryland 1st & 2d Colored Reg Maryland & the 1st & 2d District of Columbia this Reg that I saw was nearly all young dark and wer very stout healthy looking fellows all the non Commissioned officers wer Darkies and all the Commitioned officers wer white men . . . do you see that saves so many white men I hope this will continue If it does we shall soon have the places in the ranks filled up . . . for I say put them in and let them smell powder and save the white men. then the Darks are willing to go so why not let them try it." Clark also comments on Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, saying of them, "the President & Wife look very mutch like their profiles they are very old fassioned People." With the original transmittal envelope. Folds. Spots of foxing scattered throughout. Moderately toned along the folds, which also show minor spots of paper loss from weakening, though the text remains unaffected.

    Due to his inclusion of news from around Charleston, it is likely that this soldier was William H. Clark of Co. "A," 7th Connecticut Infantry, who was wounded at the First Battle of Fort Wagner on July 11, 1863. He was briefly captured and paroled two weeks later.

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