Guy Howard to father, Leeds, 1865

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Guy Howard, the 9-year-old son of Gen. Oliver Otis Howard and Elizabeth Waite Howard, wrote to his father in April 1865 to report on the progress he was making with a pony his father and other army officers had sent him.

Accompanying the pony to Maine was George Washington Kemp, a former Tennessee slave who had left his plantation to follow the Union army. "Wash" remained in Leeds with Howard's mother, Eliza Gilmore, a widow.

Guy wrote, "I have been writting a letter for Wash." He commented in several letters how "nice" Wash was. He also wrote, "Wash and I went to the store at Green depot to buy some things for Grandma in a wagon."

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  • Title: Guy Howard to father, Leeds, 1865
  • Creator: Howard, Guy
  • Creation Date: 1865-04-08
  • Subject Date: 1865
  • Town: Leeds
  • County: Androscoggin
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. M91, Box 3/7
  • Collection: Oliver Otis Howard Papers
  • Object Type: Text

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