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  Letter, Fred. Law Olmsted to My Dear Sir [James Abbott]
Author: Olmsted, Frederick Law
Date: October 4, 1855

Frederick Law Olmstead, a New York free state fundraiser and landscape architect, wrote to James Abbott, informing him of his recent trouble securing contributions enough to purchase substantial weapons. Olmstead repeated to Abbott advice he had received from a veteran military officer, who suggested that "M's" [muskets] would serve the militia forces well enough for general use, with "S's" [Sharp's rifles] reserved for "special service". Thus, Olmstead concluded he would either send Abbott "M's" or an "H" [howitzer, a type of cannon].

Location of Original: KSHS         Call Number: James Abbott Collection, #252, Box 2 Folder 8
Item Number: 102438              Number of images: 4
Keywords: Abbott howitzer; Abbott, James Burnett; Free state cause; Free state militia; Free state supporters; Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903; Sharps rifles; Weapons (see also Guns)

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