Raynors HCA 2020-02
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War-date Union Civil War soldier Autograph Letter Signed by Charles Gifford, 24th Iowa Volunteers, DOD 2/9/63 4pp. octavo, on fine patriotic stationery, Helena, Arkansas, November 3, 1862, and reads in part: "...we shall not stay here long, the next pull will be down the river again, I think to Vicksburg that is the only strong hold that the rebels have on this river. When we get them routed there they will be gone up in this section of the country. The federals are concentrating a large force here for that purpose. Our officers thinks that we shall leave here in the course of a week or ...there is now some 40,000 troops here...some 30,000 more that are ordered here....There is some very large cotton plantations here and niggers by the wholesale. Anyone can see the beauty of slavery here it is in blossom in its most low form, the blacks are the most low degraded set I ever saw. They do not know but little more than a dairy of cows but they are not to blame for that. It is the work of the cursed Secesh that has kept them in ignorance. Our scouts report a large force of secesh about fifty miles from here marching on to this place. Our pickets took 17 of their pickets yesterday and brought them in the town...." Fine condition.
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24th Iowa Soldier Writes of Secesh Movements in Arkansas and the Lowly State of Cotton Plantation Slaves

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