The introduction briefly discusses the terms of the "compromise bills" and encourages support for the decisions of the federal government: "There appears no objection from any Southern man to the Fugitive Slave Bill. After the Wilmot Proviso has...
In the letter Thomas discusses recent and upcoming battles against the Union forces; illness, food, and activities in the camp; and the sale and security of property at home. He asks repeatedly to hear from his friends and family. During the Civil...
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