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Prisoners Camp Morris Island Sunday Oct 9th 1864

My dear Wife

Yours of the 11 Sept is the only letter I have received from you since I have been a Prisoner[.] I have received two from Father + a short one from Brother Robert. I have written you many letters since I have been here but suppose you have not received them as the one I wrote the day after my arrival here was returned to me after and interval of twenty days because it was over one page in length although the Provost Marshall informed us we could write as long letters + as often as we pleased. I will not write hereafter but one page[.]

I am very well + getting along as one could expect, the citazens of Charleston sent us a large supply of Bread[,] Meat + Tobacco, which was greatly needed by us all. I also received a most welcome box of Provisions sent me by Mother[.] It would have done her good to see how much myself + others enjoyed the nice bread + fresh butter + other good things. Nothing was spoiled except the Biscuit[.] You must send me boxes at regular intervals of plain food that will keep. Send some potatoes + onions in a separate bog or barrel, also send me three or four files[,] Plyers, hand vice, + oil stone[.] I amuse myself working with these small tools[.] Send some two suits of warm underclothes. I can do well enough with the outside suit I have + do not wish you to send me any unless it is a wind Jacket + Pants of plain materials. I think you had best not send me the suit Father spoke of. Send me an overcoat + two Blankets, send me some peices of old pure silver + gold such as a worn out spoon + if not a peice of gold try + send me a gold dollar or two[.]

From all the information I can get I think my chances for exchange are very bad, but your opportunities of knowing what the chances for exchange are better + you must be governed by the probabilities in sending me things, do not send any Tobacco[.]

The weather is quite cold today but [bright?] + bracing which makes me desire very much to esc be delivered from this imprisonment + take my part in the action I can. There has been some shelling from one of our batteries since my last, but nobody hurt “yet” in this “Pen” + I hope such will continue to be the case. Write me often + on one page May God bless you + my dear Children

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Morris Island (Charleston, Folly Beach)


Charleston County


South Carolina


United States

Creator Life Dates



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

Date Digital


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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, October 9, 1864.