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Letter, 1 Sept. 1865, from Hugh R. Fulton
        to Elizabeth Thompson
  
    A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2007

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Letter, 1 September 1865, of Hugh R. Fulton, Battery E, 5th U.S. Artillery, Charleston, S.C., apprises his cousin, Miss Elizabeth Thompson, of Oxford (Chester County, Pennsylvania), of troop movements from Bladensburg, Maryland, to Port Royal, South Carolina, with a layover in New York City.

His company, Fulton reports, was presently doing duty on Sullivans Island, S.C., and he had been detached at General Bennettís Head Quarters. "We have very nice times here, plenty to eat and not much to do. Are in the center of... the best part of the city. The residents around here are mostly rich and rather aristocratic. I say rich because they own fine houses and have been wealthy once but I donít consider any people very rich that have to draw corn meal, beans, & herrings from Uncle Sam and I see most of them do that, but day after day the people and the place are getting in better circumstances."

Cotton was still plentiful in the countryside and was being bought up, sent to the North, and goods brought back in return, Fulton adds, "and I think before long Charleston will live for itself."

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