"United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 759.
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Cleveland, Ohio, September 18, 1866.
To N.B. Forrest, J. Jordan, and others, Memphis:
The National Union Convention of Soldiers and Sailors assembled here are profoundly grateful for the patriotic sentiments expressed in your dispatch.
We hail with pleasure every effort to restore peace, prosperity, and brotherly affection throughout our entire country. War has its victories, but peace and union are blessings for which we will manfully contend, until harmony and justice are restored under the Constitution.
President of the Convention,
John E. Wool,
Thomas Ewing, Jr.,
Thomas E. Bramlette.