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Reminiscences of an Active LifeThe Autobiography of John Roy Lynch$
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John Roy Lynch and John Hope Franklin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731149

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731149.001.0001

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In Nebraska

In Nebraska

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Reminiscences of an Active Life

John Roy Lynch

, John Hope Franklin
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter details how John Roy Lynch's next station after being relieved from duty in Cuba was Omaha, Nebraska. When he crossed the Missouri River at Council Bluffs, Iowa, Lynch realized that for the first time in his life he had put foot on what may be called historic soil. It was the first time he had been that far west. Lynch had frequently passed through a number of the Western states, but had never before been as far west as the state of Nebraska. As a young man, he had read about the Missouri Compromise, the Dred Scott Decision, the Wilmot Proviso, the Kansas and Nebraska Bill, and the Fugitive Slave Law, all of which contributed in no small degree to what finally culminated in the War of the Rebellion. When Lynch reached the state of Nebraska, therefore, those important historical events were brought vividly to his memory.

Keywords:   John Roy Lynch, Omaha, Nebraska, Western states, Nebraska Bill, Fugitive Slave Law, War of the Rebellion

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