Nathan Martin Baker Papers Related To 1893 Lynching Of Negro Samuel J. Bush
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Nathan Martin Baker Papers Related To 1893 Lynching Of Negro Samuel J. Bush:
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I have listed this week many historical items from the family of the Reverend Nathan Martin Baker (1837-1922). Rev. Baker was a Cumberland Presbyterian minsiter in the Decatur, Illinois area. He was also chaplain of the 116th Illinois Regiment during the Civil War, seeing action in the western theater (Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge and elsewhere). Rev. Baker was the son of William Davis Baker and Marilla Martin Baker.
This sale features a collection of Nathan Martin Baker Papers Related to 1893 Decatur, Illinois Area Lynching of Negro Samuel J. Bush. There are 6 original drafts/partial drafts of letters on the lynching written by Rev. Baker. There are 4 letters written to Rev. Baker on the lynching. 3 are in praise of his newspaper "open letter" and 1 is VERY pointed and graphic in its criticism. Also included are two original Decatur Weekly Republican clippings of Rev. Baker's open letter.
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