Who owns rights to publish (on ancestry.com) personal Civil War letters from my Great, Great, Grandfather to my Great, Great, Grandmother? I have copies of three of these letters given to my family by my Grandfather's brother; however, no one knows who owns the original Civil War letters - or if they still exist. I would like to be to make this historical information available to all his/her descendents via ancestry.com; however, since I do not own the original letters, I do not want to create a liability for my immediate family. Thank you for your guidance.
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The copyright for the letter has expired by far. The letters are public domain.
You should be ok.
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