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Written from Camp Todd in Arlington, a contraband camp. "Contraband" was a term used during the Civil War to refer to formerly enslaved people who had escaped to Union lines. Writes extensively about the "Home" (National Association for the Relief of Destitute Colored Women and Children). Frances Seward, wife of Secretary of State William Seward, is currently at the camp and is trying to influence Colonel Greene to furnish Howland with a horse.