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Steamer Crescent City, Port Royal Harbour

Near Hilton Head Augst 29th 1864

My dear Wife I left Fort Delaware on the 20th inst with six hundred other officers for this place we were five days n the voyage + have been four days here, we do not know why we were sent, but hear that we are to be placed under the fire of our batteries at Charleston. We will know very soon I can not but hope that it will result in an exchange for six hundred Federal officers said to be confined in Charleston. You can imagine what a time I have had confined on ship board with 100 other men

They are wanting to take this letter now. I am well, tell Father to make arrangements to send me some money as soon as possible I need it very much. I will write often. I have but one letter from home since my capture from Father of the 23rd July. W P Bormey is at Ft Delaware + well. Lt McCrosly died

Your affect Husband W E Johnson Jr

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

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Letter: W.E. Johnson to Anne Johnson, August 29, 1864