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J.H. Leard to Lyman Abbott, September 30, 1865, Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Reverend J.H. Leard, most recently from Methodist service in Kansas had until recently been chaplain in the Union Army's First Arkansas Regiment. He stayed on in the state as Arkansas agent for the American Union Commission, a charitable organisation dedicated to easing the intense post-war suffering around the nation, especially in the South. Leard's letter to the A.U.C. secretary lays out the level of suffering facing the people of Arkansas, especially those who had remained loyal to the Union. (By John Osborne)

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