• Bethel, Vermont Home Front Civil War Letter Speaks of Hiring Substitutes, Blacks Feel Short War If Lincoln Re-elected

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    3 pp, 5 x 8, December 20, 1864, Bethel, VT. L.M. Davis writes to her brother Frank. With cover.


    “...Charley has enlisted in the state Militia and has got to be examined before the twenty ninth of this month. Then I expect they will start him for the Candida Line about as soon as he will want to start, but he prides himself on his good company. Mr. Graham heads the list...There has been three town meetings lately, the first there was but three or four men present. The next one...they noted to hire the men in the state. Yesterday they had a meeting and voted to hire substitutes where they can find them. They expect now Lyndon [VT] will call another meeting...The black men have been talking all the fall that if old Abe was President again, the rebellion would all be put down (I guess it will be a good ways by) by the first of January, I don’t see [why] they want any more men...”


    Folds, light toning. Creative spelling corrected in transcription for clarity.


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