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Letter sent by Robert Tracy to Jennie Mitchell [the daughter of Indiana, Pa. abolitionist Dr. Robert Mitchell] from Elwood, Kansas on November 6, 1861. Robert writes that he has been in Kansas for a month trying to recruit new soldiers. He believes that Kansas is a poor place to look for soldiers because it is a young state and has already recruited twelve regiments. Robert has been enjoying his time away from the fighting; he talks about attending some parties while in Kansas. He notes that several of his acquaintances fought at the battle of Lexington while another of his friends was in the fight at Blue Mills. He comments on the attitudes of Missourians toward slavery. Robert continues that he believes this war will end slavery, and that ending slavery should be the main focus of the generals and politicians of the Union.




Tracy, Robert, Correspondence, Tracy, Robert, Military service, Mitchell, Jennie, Mitchell, John, Kansas, Civil War, 1861-1865, Personal narratives


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Letter from Robert Tracy to Jennie Mitchell, November 6, 1861