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Letter signed J.R. Kelso [John R. Kelso], Springfield, Mo. to unknown recipient, July 12, 1865

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Identifier: D05184

Title: Letter signed J.R. Kelso [John R. Kelso], Springfield, Mo. to unknown recipient, July 12, 1865

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States, "...I believe all men should of right be equal before the law, and that there will be no permanent peace in this nation until all men are thus equal…" Letter includes attached newspaper clipping which gives a brief account of Kelso’s guerrilla activity during the war.



Transcription: Springfield Mo.

July 12 – 1865


[news clipping affixed to the top of letter]

In another part of the House stands in a lithe, small person hardly beyond boyhood, with eyes and hair of midnight black, yet looking and moving like a tiger. This is John R. Kelso, of extreme Southern Missouri, who is said to have killed more than sixty Rebels with his own hand. He is scarred and shot from sole to crown, and in the border episodes of the war holds a strange wild prominence, where in the bitterness of the fight he retorted upon individual Rebels the violence they inaugurated, and hunted them, alone and persistently, like one in a vendetta. Here he is quiet, amiable, grave: but this studded roof, and its soft emblematic medallions, are in odd consonance with the dark and bloody vistas he has haunted.


Sir; I have carefully considered the contents of your letter of your letter of the 1st Inst. and of the accompanying Pamphlet as well as many other documents bearing upon the same subject, and will say, that I believe all men should of right be equal before the law, and that there will be no permanent peace in this nation until all men are so thus equal. These were the sentiments of my boyhood, and have only been, confirmed by the developments of time.


Most Respectfully


John R. Kelso M.C.


P.S. Use the above letter as you think best, sending me a copy if published. J.R. Kelso

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Missouri

Dates: 1865-07-12

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Kelso, John R.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Guerrilla warfare

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