Download Full Text (1017 KB)



Sunday Dec 4th 1864 Fort Pulaski Georgia

My dear Wife

It has been nearly a month since I have received a letter from you. I hope you have been more fortunate in receiving mine. Why yours do not reach me I can not imagine[.] I have received several from Father since your last. Tomorrow I hope will bring me one from you[.]

I am very well + getting fat so friends tell me, produced I suppose by the starving process I went through on the passage from Ft Delaware + at Morris Island to full rations here + the provisions I received from you[.]

We had about ten days since some of the coldest weather I ever experienced, ice 1 ½ inches thick. You can imagine how comfortable the underclothes + blanket were to me. There are many men in this prison who have no blaket + cant get any + the suffering to them during the cold weather was very great. The weather for the last ten days has been spring like. Good weather always increases my desire to be delivered from this imprisonment.

We were allowed + invited to attend Dinne[r?] service in the parade ground today, the best I have had the pleasure of attending since I left Ft. D..

I have written you several times lately that I hoped to be soon exchanged, but I am sorry to have to say that I have again almost despaired, but still know nothing definite, am guided by rumors altogether. There are several officers here who expect to leave soon for “Dixie” by special exchange[.]

May God bless you my dear Wife

Your Devoted Husband W E Johnson Lt 7th S C.C

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

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Letter: W.E. Johnson to Anne Johnson, December 4, 1864