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Letter to John Wolcott Phelps

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Title: Letter to John Wolcott Phelps


  • Phelps, John Wolcott

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Extent: 3 pages

Date Created: August 10, 1862


Holbrook waxes eloquent in his call for a "'Great Awakening' at Washington" and a greater awareness of how "our present severe training" will make the nation stronger; but the federal government needs to take the war seriously in order to have victory. Accordingly, Holbrook supports Lincoln's call for 300,000 additional troops, but suggests that a million men in arms would bring success. Intuits correctly that Phelps's "Dark Brigade" (black troops) would not be allowed to bear arms.

Genre(s): correspondence



Language(s): English

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2010-11-10, Center for Digital Initiatives, University of Vermont Libraries

Type of Resource: text

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Letter to John Wolcott Phelps, Special Collections, University of Vermont, (accessed January 19, 2018)

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