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Ewing, Philemon (1820-1896) to William T. Sherman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03601.05 Author/Creator: Ewing, Philemon (1820-1896) Place Written: Lancaster, Ohio Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 October 1863 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.5 x 25.4 cm.

Summary of Content: This letter is a draft copy of Philomen Ewing's final letter, GLC03601.06, as it contain crossouts. The text differs slightly. Ewing Consoles Sherman on the loss of his son. "He lived long enough to attain all that is of real value in human life - a passage to Heaven: and not long enough to taste the sorrows or bear the burdens which are inseperable from the happiest mortal life ... " Informs Sherman that their father, Thomas Ewing, has recovered from illness but that their mother is still very unwell. Written to Sherman in Memphis, Tennessee. Sherman's son, William T. Sherman, died in Memphis on 3 October 1863 of yellow fever.

Background Information: Sherman was adopted by Thomas Ewing, an Ohio Senator and U. S. Secretary of the Treasury, after Sherman's father died in 1829. Philemon, Charles, Thomas, and Hugh Ewing were Thomas Ewing's ...sons and grew up as Sherman's adoptive brothers. See More

People: Ewing, Philemon, 1820-1896
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: EpidemicMedical HistoryUnion GeneralChildren and FamilyDeathReligionHealth and MedicalDiseaseYellow Fever

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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