In this letter to his brother, Evans writes about performing picket duty and a plantation he and other troops visited. He describes how most of the slaves from the plantation had escaped, either joining the Union army or working on fortifications in a nearby town. He also recounts a conversation between the plantation owner and Solomon his slave concerning why the slaves valued their freedom.
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his Brother from Camp Elmwood, December 9, 1862" (1862). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence. 29.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_03_01_18621209)