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Letter, Joseph Price, Camp near Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, to Abraham M. Price, New Winchester, Crawford County, Ohio, 1864 February 15

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 16
Identifier: MSN/CW 5110-16

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In a lengthy letter, Joseph Price again describes the activities of his regiment in great detail. He reveals he joined the Army to help preserve the Union, but now finds himself fighting for a cause in which he does not believe: "When I first enlited in the Army I firmly believed that it was my duty to go and help sustain the dear Old Flag[,]" and that "I was doing right[,] although Father told me at the time that it would eventually turn out to be a War for the Freedom of the Negro but I was foolish enough not to think so[.]" He believes abolition was always Lincoln's plan, writing, "you may know my Politics when I tell you that I hate Abolitionists worse then Rebels for I believe that Abolitionists were the Cause in the first place of the War and Republicans are only a shade lighter[.]" He glories in being called a Copperhead, "for I believe they are the only true Union men[.]" While he favors "an honorable peace" that would welcome the Rebels back into the Union, Joseph fears that Lincoln and the abolitionists will choose instead to prolong the war for "their darling project the Freedom of the Negro even if it cost the lives of a million more men[.]"


  • Creation: 1864 February 15

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