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17th Georgia Infantry - POW Johnson's Island

Item CON-74
October 17, 1863 Lawrence E. O'Keefe
Price: $375.00


1 page original Civil War Confederate soldier's letter written in period ink and war dated.

Johnson Island, Ohio

October 17, 1863

My very dear friend,

Your favor of 6th just has been received with two dollars enclosed for which I am obliged. As the prisoners have an opportunity of trading with a sutler who supplies them with vegetables, butter, etc., it adds materially to our comfort to have a few “greenbacks” on hand. The boys from Columbus, Klink, Shorter, Croft, Holt, have been in correspondence with friends who have supplied their wants. But nonetheless return you their thanks fro your kind offer. Those things I wrote you for have not yet come to hand but suppose they will next week. I suppose you heard of General Semmes being killed at Gettysburg. Also Colonel Jack Jones. We have heard through the lines that Colonel Peyton Colquitt and Captain Cooper were killed at Chickamauga. I guess you know them both. Colquitt had married Miss Hunt (Early Hunt’s daughter) only a short time before his death. Many others of Columbus have you down in the unholy war. Major Ross of Macon (2nd GA Battalion) was killed at Gettysburg. I received a most charming note from your sister and answered it. You will present my respect to her and say that her sympathy for the prisoner will not soon be forgotten. There are a few little things I want you to send me. A newspaper is one of them. You must bear with my trespassing on you so you are the only friend I have North.

Ever your sincere friend,

L. E. O’Keefe