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In Their Own Words

December 13, 1863

Captured Civil War Soldier Moved from Maryland to Ohio

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his father from his new prisoner of war camp in Ohio; he had just been moved there from Maryland.

“…The party of officers from Point Lookout reached this place on Wednesday last after a disagreeable journey. Dennis Sanders had reserved a place for me in his mess. I contracted a severe cold, which has now nearly disappeared. Otherwise, I am in tolerable health. I wish you to contrive me a supply of money. Either buy ‘greenbacks’ in Richmond and send by Flag of Truce and express or get a letter of credit upon some party in the North. …”

Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), p. 188.