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Collection Reference Number GLC03955.15
From Archive Folder Collection of Chester M. Slayton 
Title Asa W. Slayton to citizens of Michigan, urging them to petition the government to end slavery as its continued allowance is hurting the Union cause
Date August 1862
Author Slayton, Asa W. (fl. 1863-1864)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Slayton thanks the committee for their recognition, but accepts the sword on the behalf of all the men who have enlisted. Slayton recognizes that slaves are being used to aide the Confederates and that the continued allowance of slavery is hurting the Union cause. He then urges people to petition the government to the end slavery. He also describes the motivations of married men to fight. He expresses his commitment to the Union cause. Included is an envelope the envelope in which this written copy of the speech was kept with an inscription describing the contents.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Soldier's Letter  Union Soldier's Letter  African American History  Slavery  Confederate States of America  Petition  Abolition  Government and Civics  Marriage  Women's History  Weaponry  
People Slayton, Asa W. (fl. 1863-1864)  
Place written Grattan, Michigan
Theme The American Civil War; Slavery & Abolition
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Asa W. Slayton and Chester M. Slayton were brothers from Grattan, Michigan who served in the 25th Michigan Infantry Regiment. Asa W. Slayton enlisted as a sergeant at age 30 and Chester as a corporal at age 27, the later being promoted to full sergeant on 15 July 1864 during his participation in the Atlanta Campaign. Asa resigned from his position in the army in 1864 and returned to Grattan where he worked a school teacher, farmer and amateur artist. Chester served as a surveyor and draughtsman in the Engineers Department of the 25th Infantry until the end of the war. After being mustered out in June of 1865, he returned to Grattan to live as a farmer.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Unit 25th Michigan Infantry