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Wilbur provides a diaristic account of his trip to Capitol Hill, including his itinerary, artwork he viewed, Congressional sessions he attended and the gathering of troops there from early engagements at the onset of the war. He concludes the letter: "If you could see some of the realities of soldiering, you would not want to volunteer even if Abe Lincoln was captain. I advise you to stay at home. You may rest assured that I will not volunteer..."

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Washington, DC


transportation; politics; Capitol Hill; sightseeing; artwork; Bull Run (1st); enlisting; Abraham Lincoln

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Armstrong, Wilbur Fisk, 1841-1862 -- Correspondence; Armstrong family -- Correspondence; Railroad travel; United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 ; Washington (D.C.); Washington (D.C.) -- Capitol Hill

Letter from Wilbur F. Armstrong to Thomas S. Armstrong



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