14th Connecticut soldier's letter/ Belle Island Prison
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Soldier's Letter, 3 pages, 8vo., Washington, May 26th, 1864, 7:30 P.M. Alfred N. Wilcox (Co. G, 14th Connecticut Infantry untill 1/13/64 and Co. C, Veteran Reserve Corps 19th Infantry) writes pertaining to the conditions of the prisoners at Belle Island Prison.

"...The report is, we are to be released from this place very soon. Tonight we had a squad of paroled prisoners in for supper. I had quite a chat with one of them. He was a very interesting young man. He said that he was 4 months on Belle Island. While there he almost starved. He said that 20 men died with starvation every night. He had seen them eat raw dog and rats. They did not have any shelter or covering of any kind but was exposed to the hot sun and rains. No one could imaging how much that the prisoners suffered...A. N. Wilcox"

Very fine. Comes with the original cover. Stamp removed.

 

 


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14th Connecticut soldier's letter/ Belle Island Prison

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