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Archive for the 'Civil War' Category

A Letter to my Old Master

Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Humor, History, Civil War, Slavery | Comments


In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated).  As a postscript, it turns out that Jourdon and Mandy lived to a ripe old age, and had 11 children!  Nothing is recorded as to whether they ever visited Tennessee again.