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Hi im john blackburn and i have 2 beiatuful little girls named olivia and kori and wifi named mary whose prgenat with our first boy named luke. i was a former slave and a poor edicatuon and i escaped now im working as a day worker and do anytihng for money. i escaped nd now speak as a abolitionist twoards my life about slavery to gain money. my little girls mean everghtng to me nd so excited to see them in some weeks and i cant wait to teach my little boy about artillery. We have gotten up every day at danw and leaned about shotting and drills such as quickly getting bullets from a cartridge box and loading into a gun but i miss my family and were learnign to be still on horseback to fight as calvary and working as a team. i cant wait to go back home and have home made food and playing cards and having some beer.

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Sisser Ive miss'd you so much while Iv ben away, me n' my regeemnt hav fin'lly been allowed to fite in the war! That man Abrahm Lincon did the rite thing, issuin that Emancepatun Proclomachon ill show em and all them rebels that us color'd folk can fiyt in the Civel War. We sure did show them at the battel o' Getteesburg . gess wat, I'm actually being payed for this, could tis git any better. When I finlly get back home maybe we can make sum good ol' Railroad cake with Father Alfred like we used to have with mamma and big poppa. Anything beats our hardtack, salt pork,  and any other rations we had bak at camp.
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