12th Virginia Infantry - Point Lookout POW
April 17, 1865
1 page original Civil War Confederate POW letter, written in period ink and war dated.
April 17, 1865
It is now over three weeks since my last letter to you and I get no answer still. I think your letter may be on the Point here and I may get it in a day or so. I have not heard from Fred for so long a time, that I know not what to think. And as yet, I know of no speedy way of seeing you. But I hope you will bare these disappointments with forbearance. For I know not the will of God in withholding from me that which I most fervently pray for. And yet, almost daily, I receive such signal favors that it would be even a great rejoicing to you if I could enumerate them. My health is still getting better. I have some extra comforts and content myself as much as possible. Sisters write me often and send me PO stamps but why do I not hear more from Father. I suppose he is with you. So cheer him up that he may live to see me. Some two weeks ago, I got sad news from Cousin A. J. Bowers. Himself and children were well, but Cousin Jane had become invalid and almost helpless. They fear she has the palsy. Her niece, Minnie Snyder, has a severe disease, very painful. Still they hope for her recovery. I wrote Cousin Bowers for some things and he sent me a box. Which I suppose is lost but it contained only part of what I wrote for, as he had not got my late letters.
M. M. Bowers
E. N. Bowers