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63rd Illinois Infantry - Captured near Allatoona, GA

Item LTR-5331
November 28, 1864 James C. Mettlen
Price: $345.00


4 pages, original Civil War Union letter written in period ink and war dated.

Camp Parole
Annapolis, MD

November 28th 1864

Dear Sister,

Being once more in God’s country, I seat myself to pen a few lines to let you know that I am alive and in tolerable good health, but rather poor in flesh. Hard living in rebeldom. Did not agree with me as well as it might, but with good care and good feed, I will fetch up all standing again. You have in all probability heard of my capture by the rebels before this time. I was taken the 5th of October at the Block House near Allatoona and marched off to Columbus, GA. Distant of about 150 miles. There we were put aboard a cattle train and hurried off to prison near Milan, GA. Prison life, I cannot describe on paper. So you must wait till I see you and then you shall know. All I have to say is that it looked rather gloomy to me when I was drove into the rebel stockade. But I was fortunate enough not to stay long. And am now once more under the star and stripes. We were taken out and paroled the 20th of this month and immediately put aboard a train for Savannah. Then we went aboard the rebel flag of truce boat. And out we sailed to meet our fleet steamer at the mouth of the Savannah River. And I tell you when we came in sight of our fleet and saw the star and strips a waving from the mast head, we gave three times three cheers. So glad were we to see the union boats that were laying waiting to carry us out of the corn meal confederacy. We had a pleasant ride of 4 days and nights on salt water and landed on the 25th at this place where we were provided with a new suit of clothes. And are now in parole camp and doing well. I wrote a letter to Mother yesterday. I hope she will get it for I am very anxious to hear if all are well. We expect to receive a furlough soon from here. I will then see you all.

I must now close. With my love to all and compliments to all who may inquire for Jim. And don’t forget to write as soon as you receive this. While I ever remain your most affectionate Brother,

Sergeant James Mettler

P.S. Direct your letter to Sergeant James Mettler, Camp Parole, Annapolis, Maryland.