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John describes the regiment's move from Grand Junction to Bolivar in advance of a Confederate force. The Union army gathered in Bolivar now numbers about 7,000. As a means of punishing the Rebels, John supports engaging "contrabands," former slaves affiliated with the Union, in the labors required to establish camp.
Daily Zanesville Courier
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troop movement; Bolivar, Tennessee; contraband; Secesh
War correspondents; United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 78th (1861-1865); Gillespie, John W. A., 1837-1913 -- Correspondence
Gillespie, John W.A., "Letter from John W.A. Gillespie to Parents, Brother, and Sisters" (1862). Harvey Collection Newspapers. 11.