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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03601.06 Author/Creator: Ewing, Philemon (1820-1896) Place Written: Lancaster, Ohio Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 October 1863 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.5 x 25.4 cm.

Summary of Content: This letter is the final copy of Philomen Ewing's letter to Sherman consoling him on the death of his son William. GLC03601.05 is a draft copy of the letter. The text differs slightly. 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

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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