Gen. O.O. Howard to son James, North Carolina, 1865

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General Oliver Otis Howard, commander of the Army of the Tennessee, wrote from North Carolina to his son James Howard (1860-1936), who was in Leeds with Howard's widowed mother, his wife, Lizzie, and their other three children.

Howard expected that when James received the letter, Lizzie and the two older children, might be visiting him in the South.

He wrote about a dog at their camp, and drew a picture of it, and wrote about the "great number of little black children papa has seen," and drew a picture of them.

He also wrote, "You must ask 'Wash' about them. Papa thinks 'Wash' is a very good man."

"Wash" was George Washington Kemp, a former slave sent to Maine by Howard to help his mother on the farm. Howard's letter also mentions Sam, another former slave and friend to Wash, who was a servant to Howard.

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  • Title: Gen. O.O. Howard to son James, North Carolina, 1865
  • Creator: Howard, Oliver Otis
  • Creation Date: 1865-04-09
  • 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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