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Officers Prison. Point Lookout. Md. June 18th 1864

My dear Robt You will perceive by the heading of this letter that I am a prisoner and in a most unpleasant predicament at this place [.] I have been here ten days and find it a dreadfully hard life. There are six hundred other officers here. Some having been in prison more than a year. I am in a tent with Capt Pinckney [,] Lieut [____?] of the 4th SC Cavy [,] Lieut W R [Bormey?] and five others from N” C” [;] we have one meal at 12 oclock. My purpose in writing you is to enquire in your Regt if any of the men have “Greenbacks” and if so to send me whatever you can as soon as possible th [.] [G]et directions from Col Jones state agt at Richmond how to send it. I haven‟t no money + need it much. I have written to Ann several times but am afraid she has not received the letter and is much distressed about me, send this to her if you receive it [.] I have not space to tell you how I was captured. Give my respects to the the “Magon”

Yours Truly

W E Johnson Jr Lieut

7 th S C Cavy Officers Prison Point Lookout Md

[verso, in hand of R.J. Cunningham:] Tell Mr Johnson I gave Capt Wm Clyburn a receipt for $50.00 in “greenbacks”, payable by he or I upon demand. If you think best to get the rest from him let me know immediately. If wanted send about $100. In Confederate notes, as Clyburn has no money. If you do not want it do not send any as he will be able to get home this fall and it will answer then. He let me have it very willingly indeed and says he has experienced his condition.

John + I are well. And at the same ditch. Love to the Children. Your affect Brother

R.J. Cunningham.

Petersburg Va August 1st 1864

My dear Sister I have received this day before yesterday. I borrowed $50.00 from Capt. Wm Clyburn in “greenbacks” and have written to William today with the money enclosed. I can 50 or 75 dollars more but from the advertizement , which is of a more recent date than the letter, you see he has been supplied with what funds he wanted. I think from what Clyburn says $50 will do him until we can hear from him again. I have sent to Richmond to Col. Jones for United States postage stamp which I will send as soon as I receive.

[written vertically in Johnson‟s hand, under the paragraphs at top of verso is Lt. Cunningham‟s address:] Lieut R J Cunningham 1 st S C Battalian Col Nelson Gen Glagoods Brgd Richmond Virginia

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Point Lookout


St. Mary's County




United States

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W.E. Johnson, letter, soldier, Civil War

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Letter: W.E. Johnson to Lt. R.J.