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Fort Pulaski Sunday evening Nov 20th 1864

My dear Wife

Yours of Oct 23rd was the last received but I hope to receive others soon[.] I write twice every week[.] I received the nice box, you seemed to have known exactly what I wanted [--] I need nothing in the way of clothing now, except a blanket + overcoat. The nice underclothes was a great releife to me as I was suffering a good for the want of them from cold. Continue to send me boxes of food such as potatoes[,] onions[,] dried apples +++ do not send any costly food. Lt W J Dunlap was removed from this prison with a number of other officers yesterday supposed to be sent to Hilton Head + I am affraid I will lose any things you may have sent in the box for me, though I have an order from him for it. I am more comfortably situated + like this prison much more than any other I have ever been in, I have enough comfortable clothes + enough to eat + am doing as well as any one could in prison. The suit of clothes you sent me has been much admired + I have been requested to aske aske you if any more such cloth can be had, where + what price[.] Col Embree wrote me + said Tidwell was doing well in Moresvill[,] Bowie Co[,] Texas. Write to him by Capt Hall who has called to see you before this time I hope + given you particulars of myself. I may be deceived but I have stronger hopes of being exchanged soon than I have ever had[.] Do not be uneasy about I can stand it as long as I keep my health + will endure it with resignation + in the proper spirit evry way I hope. The most unpleasant thought to me is to be cooped up here a prisoner while such vital movements are going on around us. Write often[.] May God in his mercy bless + protect you

Your devoted Husband W E Johnson Jr

Creation Date



Fort Pulaski (Cockspur Island, near Savannah)


Chatham County




United States

Creator Life Dates



W.E. Johnson, letter, soldier, Civil War, prisoner, prisoner-of-war

Date Digital


Document Type



American Studies | Military History | Other Rhetoric and Composition | Political History | Social History | United States History

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Letter: W.E. Johnson to Anne Johnson, November 20, 1864.