Guy Howard, the son of Oliver Otis Howard and Elizabeth Waite Howard, wrote to his father, then a general in command of the Army of the Tennessee, to thank him and the "officers" for the gift of a pony. His uncle, Lt. Charles H. Howard and a former slave, George Washington Kemp, had delivered the pony about two weeks before.
Guy Howard, then about 9, along with his mother and three sibilings, were spending the winter in Leeds with Eliza Howard Gilmore, their grandmother. Her husband, John Gilmore, had died in the fall.
Gen. Howard wanted Kemp, known as "Wash," to remain at Leeds and assist his mother on the farm.
Guy Howard wrote, "It is just what I have been wanting so long. Wash is a very nice man and takes good care of my pony."
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