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Letter from Jacob Bruner to Martha J. Bruner
April 9, 1863
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In this letter to his wife, Union soldier Jacob Bruner writes about Lincoln's decision to allow black men to register for armed service. Bruner's language in discussing the black regiments is often derogatory and his observations condescending. Nonetheless, Bruner expresses the approval of Lincoln's move among white soldiers and suggests that it foretells a resolution to the problem of slavery, implying the institution's end.

Camp Logan
April 9th 1863.

Dear Wife

I am happy to inform you that I received a letter from you and one from yourself and Sake(?) today.I have not written to you for three or four days. My last was quite unkind but I was impatient then. I thought strange that I did not get letters from you but I know it is on account of iregularity in the mails. So here is a kiss for my harshness.

Nothing of much importance has occurred since last I wrote.

Yesterday we were regaled with some rations(?) from Lorenzo Thomas Adjutant General U.S. Army.= General McPherson = General Logan= Gen McArthur and Brig-Gen. Stephenson. It was a great treat.

Thomas is direct from Washington clothed with the fullest authority to commission officers to take charge of negro companies and Regiments. Uncle Abe has at last sensibly concluded to arm the darkey and let him fight. They are not to be placed by the side of the white soldier but is to be organized into companies regiments and Brigades by themselves with white officers.

This is considered the master stroke of policy and has produced a most cheering and beneficial result amoung the soldiers they received it with shouts and acclamations of applause.

Some of the darkies with their families are to cultivate the plantations here while others are to act the soldier and keep [items] back the guerillas. I think the slavery question which has puzzled our fathers for 50 years is now being solved.

You spoke of Alex Kentner wishing to buy our land sell it to him for 350. dollars in gold all down.

I would not advise you to sell it at any price that will soon be worth 500. and if can get along in my absence without suffering or selling it it will pay us well to keep it I intend to make it valuable by clearing a little more on it.

I am most happy indeed to hear that you are all well and that the sculptor is "a smart boy" Good night: kiss the babes for me.


Jac. Bruner

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