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The Civil War

Title: Letter From Washington D.C.
Type: Letter
Date: 1861
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: After three months in the army, Edward L. Davis wrote this letter from Washington, D.C.
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Letter From Washington D.C.

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  1. How has the soldier's attitude changed since the first letter he wrote?

  2. Why is Davis especially pleased to have recieved a letter at this time?

  3. Although Davis argues that they could "whip them 2 to one and even 3 to one," what problems does he mention that make the battles more difficult for their troops?

  4. What hardships aside from battle did Davis and his fellow soldiers have to endure?