Eugène Dumez letter, 1865 August 5

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Creator:Dumez, Eugène, 1824-1878
Title:Eugène Dumez letter, 1865 August 5

Letter from Eugène Dumez, St. John the Baptist Parish, La., to Henry Vignaud states that he waited to write until after the fall of the Confederacy. Dumez relates the changes and the turmoil in Southern society occasioned by defeat and the end of slavery and speculates on the Souths and the United States future, making comparisons to French history. He reports the trip of Louisiana Governor James Madison Wells (spelled Welles) to Washington, D.C., and the governors meeting with President Andrew Johnson. Dumez comments on American relations with France regarding Mexico, bringing up the Monroe Doctrine, Maximilian, Manifest Destiny, and imperialism. He mentions Lamulonire and Bennett. He says he will resurrect the Meschacb if postal service is restored and that he is in negotiations with an Attakapien friend. Dumez refers to Lematre and the Renaissance. He relates plans for his final years in Louisiana and his eventual return to France. He refers to a novel left with Rolland, mentions Slidell, and makes a remark concerning white trash. In the first margin, he asks Vignaud to send two Boret manuals. In the last margin, Dumez relates attending a long soire at the home of the Fortier who is Valcour Aimes son-in-law, where Beauregard was made to dance after a religious service in his wifes memory. Dumez states that in conversing with Beauregard about the war, the latter told the former that everything bad came from the bald and mangy Jefferson Davis. In French.

Local identification number: C:66

Types:Letters (correspondence) | Text
Subjects:Vignaud, Henry, 1830-1922 | Wells, James Madison, 1808-1899 | Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875 | Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893 | Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 | French newspapers--Louisiana | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects | United States--Foreign relations--France | Mexico--History--European intervention, 1861-1867 | politics and elections, slavery and racial attitudes | lit and reading | diplomacy | United States | France | Mexico
Collection:Civil War: Context & Conflict
Institution:LSU Libraries Special Collections
Contributors:LSU Libraries. Special Collections
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