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Letter, Joseph Price, Camp near Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, to Abraham M. Price, New Winchester, Crawford County, Ohio, 1865 May 3

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 28
Identifier: MSN/CW 5110-28

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Writing from near Nashivlle, Joseph Price reports that he arrived at camp on 27 April, and he does not know where he will go next, as "there is no more rebels to fight" and "the Confederacy has been playing out very fast for the last 8 weeks[.]" He suspects he and his fellow soldiers will soon go home. Joseph also addresses the assassination of President Lincoln at length, revealing complicated feelings toward a man with whom he disagreed on politics, but respected as a democratically elected leader. He regrets, for example, Lincoln's death as "one of the greatest Calamaties that could befall the Nation in my opinion," and thinks that "by the Death of Mr Lincoln that the Rebel[s] have lost their best friend he has always counseled moderation[.]" While he disagreed with Lincoln's approach to the war, "as a man for the present time I think Mr Lincoln was the right man in the right place[.]" Furthermore, he had been "elected . . . by the majority of the people and therefore the minority ought to submit to and support him[.] this is true democratic doctrine[.]" Joseph also seems to suggest that the Copperheads no longer hold his allegience: "I am an American and I also am a democrat one of the right none of the Copperhead tribe I tell y[ou.]"


  • Creation: 1865 May 3

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