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Morris Island Sept 27th 1864

My dear Wife

I understand there is a probability of of32 a Flag of Truce Boat passing tomorrow. I am well + getting along as well as I could expect as to food[,] the rations are very scanty + I am hungry all the time. I have received but one letter from you. + no money yet, though I am sure you have tryed to get it to me. Send me money + provisions if possible particularly bread. Also send me a fine flat file[,] a fine half round file[,] a three cornered file[,] a hand vice[,] a pair of plyers[,] oil stone, two other very fine small files + small very hammer. I want them to pass the time working also send me a overcoat[,] two blankets or counterpin + strap, + round Jacket + Pants, two undershirts[,] two outside, two pair drawers + socks[.] I can get boots + hat here if I get money. I write you very short unsatisfactory letter, but think it best to do so. I know very little of our prospect of being exchanged but think from what little I know that it is very bad. I bear it in the proper spirit + would like to express myself more but can not do so. May God bless you + my dear children is my daily prayer[.]

You devoted Husband W.E. Johnson Jr

Creation Date



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


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, September 27, 1864