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(1824-1880) was a well-respected physician practicing in Wheeling, VA, when the war broke out. He began writing seditious letters against Lincoln's administration as correspondent for the Baltimore Exchange. Labeled a traitor, Hughes was imprisoned for eight months at Camp Chase in 1862. After his release, he moved farther south to Richmond, Virginia. His family's arrival there helped give rise to the belief that he was a peace commissioner sent to the Confederacy's capitol in order to help end the war. Lionized by many in the south, he was even elected to the Virginia legislature. He also advocated enlistment of slaves into Confederate military service.
4pp, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾” Camp Chase, Sept. 9, 1862, ALS to his wife. He sent a newspaper clipping (not present), which did not favor Lincoln’s administration.
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Also included is the original stamped transmittal cover manuscript inscribed: Col. Charles W. B. Allison (1820-1876) was colonel of the 85th Ohio and post commander of Camp Chase. Ironically, Allison became a resident of Hughes' hometown, Wheeling, West Virginia, after the war.
Letter has folds and is a bit light, but readable.
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