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Blake, Gratia Turnbull (née Fuller, 1835-1915)
1830. An archive of family letters written to Gratia Turnbull Fuller Blake during the mid-19th century covering a wide range of historic topics including the U.S. Civil War, slavery, yellow fever, and a legal dispute over land in New York City. Born in Lawrence, Ohio, Gratia married Cincinnattus Blake (1830-1918), a farmer, Union soldier, and Sheriff of Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1857. Together, they raised six sons. This archive contains a six-page letter Gratia received from her sister-in-law, Mary B Fuller. Mary's husband (Gratia's brother) was Captain Emilius Fuller (1815-63), a Confederate Army officer, commander of the St. Martin Rangers Company Infantry in Louisiana, and captain of a boat called the Queen of the West. He was seriously wounded and taken prisoner when his boat was destroyed in Bayou Teche on April 14, 1863. He was transferred to Johnson's Island, Ohio, where he died on July 25. In her letter dated December 15, 1867, Mary's bitter feelings about slavery and the war are still fresh. "I have the most of my work to do myself. I prefer doing it rather than have a free trifling negress around me. Their impudence I cannot ensure," she wrote from her home in St. Martinsville, Louisiana. "They are free as they may stave with their freedom for all I care. I can have a woman by feeding her of giving her a cabin or a room to sleep in and that would cost me less than when I owned them, for then we had to clothe, feed and take care of them when sick. Many of them are getting their eyes opened and say they have had no good times since the Yankees came among them." Along wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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