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Fort Pulaski Nov 10th 1864

My dear Wife

I received on Sunday last Fathers letter of Oct 16th + Robts of the 9th was much disappointed that I did not get one from you. I have no doubt you have written often. I received the fine box + you seemed to have known exactly what I needed. Every thing was dry + sound, while the contents of almost all the other boxes were ruined, when you send again send Pottatoes[,] onions, Pinders + not much meat. I get enough meat in rations. Send butter, the jar you sent me was delicious, the Brandy was contraband do not send any more[.] The black berry cordial, I gave to my frien Mag Zeigler who was suffering exceedingly for the want of it or Brandy + could not get either. Send more of it, it may be the means of saving his life. I lik this prison better than any other I have ever been in[.] Those who have us in charge are kind + courteous to us + seem to be anxious to make us as comfortable circumstances will allow[.] I do not feel as hopefull of being exchanged as I did some time back + an fearfull we may be yet sent to some Northern Prison. Thought I know nothing deffinite. Capt Hall will call to see you. Robert or yourself must be sure to write by him to Tidwell, Moresville, Bowie Co. Texas[.] he was doing well, Hall + several others got through by special exchange which seems to have been not very difficult to procure. I have not received the box sent by J Lee. It never reached Ft. D. so they say. Have written J L about it. The money Robt sent me never came to hand. I got that sent by HWC + Co. I hope you will send me more. Send me my military overcoat if you have not procured another I will be allowed to receive it. It is quite cool this morning. I have on two undershirts[,] 2 pr drawers[,] 2 socks[.] I have suffered more from cold this fall than ever before, have no furs in this prison that I can get to, had coffee[,] soft bread + butter[,] for syrup for breakfast. I had much pleasure in reading the old newspapers in the box. Yours of the 23rd Oct received today (11th)[.] May God in his mercy bless + protect you + my dear children is my daily prayer

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 10, 1864