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Bishop Augustin Vérot to Major General Quincy A. Gillmore, Savannah, Georgia, April 5, 1865

Augustin Vérot, Bishop of Savannah, Georgia, circa 1865, detail
The Catholic Bishop of Savannah made a strong protest to the War Department over fortification work underway in the Union occupied city. New emplacements were disrupting the city's main Catholic cemetery, involving the exhumation and removal of bodies. Here he is writing to the Department of the South commander, Major General Quincy Adams Gillmore, to make a direct plea for a cessation of the project and restorations. Noting that the general is himself a Catholic, Vérot seems to be threatening Church action against him, like excommunication, reminding Gillmore pointedly "What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul? " (By John Osborne)

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