Main Content

Humphrey Hood to Matilda Hood, Humphrey Hood Papers

This is a letter from First Assistant Surgeon Humphrey Hood at Fort Pickering, Memphis, to his wife, Matilda Hood, at Litchfield, Illinois, dated January 6, 1863. At the time Hood served in the U.S. Army, a member of the 117th Illinois Infantry Regiment. He later became Senior Surgeon of the Third U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery and Surgeon-in-Chief on the staff of General John E. Smith, District of the West. The letter highlights Hood's feelings about the Emancipation Proclamation. Declaring himself neutral on the subject of slavery and war policy, Hood was generally supportive of the measure. (See bottom of page three to top of page four. For more from the Humphrey Hood Papers please see 1118516 and 1118453. Transcription provided by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and the White House Historical Association.)
Humphrey Hood
Date of Work
January 6, 1863
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum