Letters from Ashland pioneer detail Civil War battle

A ghost has been said to haunt the city’s Black Swan Inn, but owner Tracy Egan says she’s has had no problems with the spirit world since she brought the old house back to its historic beauty and paid $1,000 for six letters written by the man who built it, Col. William H. Silsby, during the Civil War.

The touching letters from Silsby to his wife, Helen, and two small sons describe the decisive Battle of Vicksburg and ponder the fate of freed slaves.

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