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1 Wragg, Hester A. HOLOGRAPHIC LETTER FROM A MOTHER DESCRIBING HER SON'S SURVIVAL OF THE BATTLE OF CEDAR CREEK AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S 1864 RE-ELECTION.
Paterson, NJ: 1864. 
5” x8” 2pp. Holographic letter from Hester A. Wragg of Paterson, NJ to her friend Mrs. Drake, dated November 8, 1864, shortly after Abraham Lincoln's re-election. In addition to discussing her own life, she describes “the splendid turn out here for Mr. Lincoln” and how the city of Paterson “is all in an uproar. The Copperheads have been parading the streets all day yesterday and all night last night.” The Copperheads were a vocal group of Democrats in the Northern United States who opposed the American Civil War, wanting an immediate peace settlement with the Confederates. The name Copperheads followed from their practice of cutting the Liberty heads from copper pennies and wearing them as lapel pins. Their opponents also associated them with the venomous copperhead snake. Wragg goes on to give thanks that her son, “Sammy” has survived the crucial Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864. The Battle of Cedar Creek, or The Battle of Belle Grove, October 19, 1864, was one of the final, and most decisive, battles in the Valley Campaigns of 1864 during the American Civil War. The final Confederate invasion of the North, led by Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early, was effectively ended and the Confederacy was never again able to threaten Washington, D.C., through the Shenandoah Valley, nor protect the economic base in the Valley. The reelection of Abraham Lincoln was materially aided by this victory and Union Army Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan received lasting fame. Email for full text of letter.

 
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