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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, reporting from his Little Rock, Arkansas location and commenting on the good news for the Union forces at Richmond – April 14, 1865

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, reporting from his Little Rock, Arkansas location and commenting on the good news for the Union forces at Richmond.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark
April 14th, 1865.

Dear Lizzie:
[…] We have received the glorious news of the capture of Richmond and of General Lee and his army. Also a rumor of the capture of Johnston and his army. There has been great rejoicing here. Yesterday and day before two hundred guns were fired in honor of our success. Last night there was an illumination in Little Rock, accompanied with bonfires, rockets, noise, and bad whisky. The war is virtually to an end. Peace must soon follow. What a grand, glorious result of four years of strife! The joy is exceeded only by my gratitude to God who has vouchsafed our national safety and about ended our sacrifices of blood. […]
Ever Your Loving,
Madison


See entire letter here: 1865-04-16_BowlerPDF

Citation: April 14, 1865. Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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