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William A. Jackson, the "ex-coachman of Jeff[erson] Davis," writes to William Lloyd Garrison to tell of his arrival in Europe. He reports that his ship crossed the Atlantic Ocean in eleven days and "they put off a good many at Queenstown [now Cobh, Ireland]", people who missed their families but "never thought of them at all till Father Abraham [Lincoln] commenced drafting, and then they began to take off to Ireland, and think of their friends that they had let behind!" Jackson comments on the racial prejudice of Irish people in the North and says he "would write more about myself but I have to think of the those who are in bondage." He is confident that he "will be sure to get along, if I look to God and do not forget to pray; though I would rather be with the Union army, if I could help kill some the rebels and my people all go free." Jackson says that he tried to do more to help the Union before he left the country, "but the government would not accept the regiment that Governor Sprague was raising at Providence, Rhode Island, which I joined." He tells Garrison, "I know my people will be free" and "I will always stand up for the Constitution and the Union as it ought to be."
Branch Call Number: MS A.1.2 v.31, p.157A
Characteristics: 1 volume (8 p.) ; 18 cm


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