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Fort Pulaski Sunday Dec 11th 1864

My dear Wife

It has been five weeks since I have received a letter from you + am afraid mine have been equaley slow in reaching you. I hope to receive one by the next mail[.] You must write often not with standing I may not receive them[.]

I am as well as could desire. + getting fat not although I still find this imprisonment utterly miserable + desire more than I ever desired any thing else in my life to be released from it. I am still hopefull of being soon exchanged although it all may amount to nothing. I am prepared for the worst but hope for the best. Six officers were taken out a week ago for special exchange + more expect to go soon[.]

I need nothing but another blanket + overcoat and with them will be very comfortable. I am nearly out of money + would like to have some if possible to procure it[.] I feel quite sure of getting some by next mail, if none has been sent, send it as soon as possible[.]

Lt Dunlap is at H Head + I suppose will remain untill exchanged or removed to some other Prison

May God bless you 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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