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Walker, Mary to Col. James Hardie

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06882 Author/Creator: Walker, Mary Place Written: Lewisville (?), Ky. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1864/09/23 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Seeking Presidential confirmation of Walker's rank as Major. "I told the President of the risks I encountered in being taken prisoner on purpose and preventing their attacking our army which we were hardly able to act."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author, Women's History, President, Union Forces, Spying, Military History, Civil War, Prisoner of War

Sub Era: The American Civil War