A letter from John Ward, addressed to "Dear William" (likely his brother, William Greene Ward), written from Camp Anderson, Washington, D.C., during the Civil War.
The letter is four pages long, consisting of a single folded sheet with handwritten text on both sides. It describes the challenges and the responsibilities of military service, his salary, and the politics of the time. A printed illustration at the top of the first page is a political cartoon titled "Why don't you take it?," with two dogs representing Winfried Scott and Jefferson Davis. The text of the letter contains references to the Vienna engagement [Battle of Vienna, Virginia], Seward, Jefferson Davis, George Baldwin, B