Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Rutherford B. Hayes.

April 30, 2013

Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Camp White, West Virginia, April 30, 1863.

Dear Uncle: — I have received yours of the 25th. I am not surprised to hear you are going into business under Governor Chase’s Bank Law. I thought of suggesting it, but knew so little about it that I could form no intelligent opinion1 . . .

You can come here well enough. There is of course a possibility of being cut off, but very small probability of it. I do not doubt that the Rebels will get in below us, but we shall certainly hear of it in time to ship off all who are not ready to stay. Lucy would like to come with you, but you will not bring her unless you find it quite convenient to do so.


R. B. Hayes.

S. Birchard.

1 Mr. Birchard was promptly taking steps to convert his bank into a national bank under the new law. It became the First National Bank of Fremont, and was the fifth bank in the country to be chartered by the Government.

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