• Darke County Printing Office Destroyed; Lincoln Administration Restricted Civil Liberties

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    JOSEPH CORBIN enlisted as a private on September 20, 1861, five months after the Civil War began.  He mustered into G Co. Ohio 44th Infantry and was later transferred to the Ohio 8th Infantry.  The regiment was active in the Battles Of Lewisburg and Cumberland Gap, Siege of Knoxville and Sanders’ Knoxville Road. Corbin was later promoted to corporal.

    Corbin was mustered out on July 30, 1865, at Clarksburg, W.VA.  During his enlistment, Corbin was promoted to corporal.


    In this 2 pp, 5 x 8, Covington, March 19th, 1864, letter to his brother David JOSEPH CORBIN writes to his brother with mentioning the local printing office being destroyed, something that became a bit of a trademark of the Lincoln Administration.  While Lincoln is revered today, scholars have been critical of his record on civil liberties.  Throughout the war, Lincoln restricted First Amendment press freedoms and other freedoms of expression, even having critics arrested.


    2 pp, 5 x 8, Covington, [Ohio] March 10th, 1864, Joseph writes to brother David.  “As my furlough has been extended fifteen days longer, I thought I would write you one more letter before my departure from home...If you were at home I think I would enjoy myself much better.  Barbro and Dorsey were down here yesterday to see us leave but we didn’t get further than Pigria when we was ordered back home. Of course we obeyed orders...The Darke County Printing Office was completely demolished last Saturday evening without the loss of a man...Let me know if you got the photograph I sent you. My turn for Picket Guard is generally on Saturday or Sunday evenings...Joseph H. Corbin” 


    Folds, light toning.


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