Contributed by Bowdoin College Library
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."
About This Item
- 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
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Maine--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- Howard, O.O. (Oliver Otis), 1830-1909--Correspondence
- Howard, Elizabeth Waite
- Howard family
- Howard, Guy--Correspondence
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- Slavery--United States
- African Americans--Maine--Leeds
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