1. Creator/Author:
  2. Wilson, Jacob O., 1840-1892 (1)

Letter from Jacob O. Wilson to Samuel Thomas

Creator:
Wilson, Jacob O., 1840-1892
Collection:
Civil War Documents Collection
Location:
[Petersburg, Virginia]
Date of Original:
1864
Description:
Handwritten letter, 21 cm, headed 'Camp near Fort Urmston, October 29th 1864,' addressed to 'Dear Friend, Uncle Samuel,' and signed 'yours most truly, From J.O. Wilson.' Fort Urmston was a Union fort established in 1864 near Petersburg, Virginia. Although the vast majority of Union soldiers voted for President Abraham Lincoln in the election of 1864, there were many who did not. Jacob O. Wilson, who was a private in Co. H of the 198th Pennsylvania Regiment, supported Gen. George B. McClellan for president. Wilson made his opinion very clear in this letter to his uncle, Samuel Thomas. Illustrating his letter with a cartoon drawing of a marching Old Abe, the young soldier wrote, 'I will let them know that I will not vote for Old Abe ... one thing I want you to do and that is do all for little Mac that you can for if he is elected I think this war will soon be over but if Old rail splitter goes in then look out for I believe they can stand it to fight as long as we can.'
Subject:
United States--Army--Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 198th (1864-1865)--Company H; Presidents--United States--Election--1864; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence
Category:
Manuscripts & Documents
Format of Original:
Manuscript
Item ID:
7120151010006
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Digital File ID:
7120151010006
Available for Viewing:
By appointment only
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