• Excitement Between Negroes And Planters At Peace; Whiskey Needed As Medicine For The Sick

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    One page, 8 x 10, AL to Brevet Brig. Gen. Ludlow, very possibly WILLIAM LUDLOW, being an apparent draft of a letter seeking Ludlow’s permission to allow the sale of whiskey to relieve suffering post-Civil War, while providing a report about Negroes and planters.  The letter has numerous holograph corrections, indicating the writing was preparing a draft for Ludlow.  Letter appears to be missing the second page.


    “Brevet Brig. Gen. Ludlow

    “County Peninsula District




    “In compliance with order Hd. Qtr. Peninsula Dst. Dated July 20, 65, I have the honor to report that the everything in this County is peaceful, that excitement about Negroes with some Planters and Asst. Supt. Of Negroes Affair is ov[er] and everything is quiet now. The Negroes keeping on their places. The election in this county was held yesterday in a very lawfully and respectfully way, no disturbances at all.


    “The corn crops suffer on account of no rain. Quite sickness prevails in this County and folks suffered for want of medicines. If it received Your sanction General, to let storekeepers sell Whiskey by order of Doctors for medicinal purpose I think it will relieve the people some of the sickness. For the relief you will sanction.


    “Very much sickness prevails in this County now, and I would for the relief great and have medicines to be got, for that reason I would ask respectfully request You would issue a Order that Storekeepers, good reliable men, be allowed to sell liquor on Surgeons Certificate approved by Prov. Marshal. The people in this County by my observation...”


    WILLIAM LUDLOW (November 27, 1843-August 30, 1901) was an officer in the Corps of Engineers and a major in the United States Army, serving in the Civil War, Plains Indian Wars, the Spanish American War and led a scientific expedition examining the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park.


    Ludlow served under Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker in the Atlanta Campaign and was appointed a brevet captain for gallantry at the Battle of Peachtree Creek. He was on the staff of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and in March 1865 was appointed brevet lieutenant colonel.


    Folds, toning. One small piece missing from the right margin.  Soiling on verso, not affecting the writing.


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