IN STEREOTYPICAL RACIST FASHION, a Union soldier reports on his movements toward the southern war zone and his impressions of the status of enslaved and free African Americans and the poor white working classes, in an autograph letter to his wife, 21 October 1861, written on board the Steamer Baltic as it transported Union troops southward from Annapolis, Maryland, to Fortress Monroe in Virginia. On board the steamer Baltic

[in the Chesapeake Bay, nearing Fortress Monroe]: 1861. 8vo. Four pages, with a 2-color patriotic letterhead picturing two soldiers waving American flags, approximately 400 words, in part: "i miss the niggers now because when i was in annapolis i used to buy biscuits of them all buttered ... the slaves are a great deal better clothed and look a good deal better than the free niggers the poor white man here is in a bad state he can't do anything he is about the same as a free nig they have to work for about 25 cents a day. a land owner and farmer here that owns about 250 acres of land he lives about 8 miles from annapolis ... he dont own a slave ... he hires niggers to do his work and he says they are a lazy indolent set and furthermore he says that a man from the north that works for a living will do more in a day and follow it right up than any three niggers you find they don't know anything and it is against the law from them to go to school or for anybody to learn them any thing i think it is best to let slavery be where it is or rather to transport all the niggers to africa i dont like a nigger they are not my style." We have been unable to identify Fisher as to his home state or the unit in which he served. Folded for mailing (chipped at lower corner, affecting several letters). (10796). Item #64417

Price: $300.00

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