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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 25, 1865

Captured Soldier’s Friend Wrote to Father

A Georgia soldier in prison in Ohio had one of his friends - en route to Virginia to be exchanged - write to his father.

“…I left the prison on Johnson’s Island on the 7th inst., and on parting with your son, Major Henry McDaniel, I was requested by him to write to you. Your son was in good health when I left. His wound not gives him only a little inconvenience. He keeps in cheerful spirits. I had been rooming and messing with him for several months before I left, and I can assure you he was very comfortably situated. … I learned in Richmond that a box not exceeding 100 pounds in weight would be forwarded to any of the Northern prisons. … What he wants is something substantial - flour, corn meal, peas, dried fruit, molasses, bacon, sausages, a little red pepper, or anything else of the kind that may occur to you. … Your son is exceedingly anxious to get a special exchange. He informed me that Capt. George Hillyer was endeavoring to assist him in this, and he desired me to inform Capt. Hillyer that what is most requisite is to obtain influence at the North. Your son requested me to state to you that his brothers were well when he last heard from them. …” 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), pp. 214-215.