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Five mile from Richmond.
30 October 1864

Dear father,

Safely arrived at the
front at last to find the Regiment sadly
changed yet still the "glorious ninth".

The late movement on our right has been
unsuccessful and some other may be
inaugurated to retrieve the disaster but un-
less we move from here soon we may
pass the winter in this very spot. It
is astonishing to see how easily a soldier
adapts himself to any circumstances. To
South is a regiment encamped- if only for a
few days- then up go the little stockade
palaces everywhere and in these the poor
wearied officer or solider is miserably at rest
reminded to make the most of even the
shortest period. What a little world this
is, full of life pure? vital in its relations

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: Deerfield, Massachusetts, resident Stephen Higginson received this letter from his son Storrow, who was serving in the Union Army stationed near Richmond, Virginia. Storrow expresses strong views about emancipation. Storrow had been suffering from malaria, but asks that his father not be concerned for his health, but rather be concerned about whether he has been true to the cause of emancipation. He also states that he feels that universal liberty is more important than preserving the Union. His father Stephen also had strong views on slavery, feeling that the country was better off without its burden.


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Civil War letter to Stephen Higginson from his son regarding emancipation

author   Storrow Higginson
date   Oct 30, 1864
location   Richmond, Virginia
height   8.0"
width   5.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L10.009

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