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Near Washington D.C.

June 29th 1865

Dear Ella

I have been eng-
-aged the most of the day in pack-
-ing a box of traps to send home
by Express as not to be troubled
with them at N.Y. where we
expect mustered out & payed
off by the last of next week; and
if nothing happens to prevent
my progress you may begin to
expect to see me home ere the
7 or 8th of July, & earlier if possible.

Iím sure its such a relief & comfort
to return to be able home, feeling
that the war is over, & shall
not be obliged to go back to
the front again to serve out
another 18 months of half-wretched
existence in the face & eyes of the

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John Fuller wrote this letter the day before he and his twin brother were officially discharged from the army. Because of red tape and the slowness of the system, it will take several days before it can become official, and it will require that they travel to New York City. Once there, although they will be officially civilians, they will march in that city's enormous 4th of July parade. That parade was a celebration not only of independence but of Union victory in the nation's bloodiest war.


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Civil War letter to Ella Melendy

author   John Emory Fuller (1838-1916)
date   Jun 29, 1865
location   Washington D.C.
height   7.5"
width   5.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L01.094

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