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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: frajola
Added on:Nov 17, 20
Edited on:Nov 25, 20
 
Postmark: Feb 6, 1864
Origin: Huntsville, Alabama, UNITED STATES
Destination: Hagerstown, Indiana, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

[Andersonville Prison Relics] cover and letter from (Captain) George W. Parsons (57th Indiana Infantry Regt.), cover endorsed "By Express $40,00" and addressed to his father in Hagerstaown, IN, the text of the letter is quoted in full below mentions two rings made while a prisoner of war.

(pdf file of letter images and info on senders' wartime history is here:
https://www.rfrajola.com/2k20/538.pdf )

Parsons was captured on 27 June 1864 at Kennesaw Mountain and spent three months at Andersonville before being released back to his Regiment.

The letter:

Huntsville, Alabama
February the 6th 1865

Dear Father,

As I am going to send some things to you by Joseph Myers I thought that I would write a few lines and send with him the things that I intend sending are small and are not worth a treat deal one reason of me sending them is that I had all of them in prison with me and managed to get back with them. The watch like a great many poor soldiers found prison life too hard for it and stopped running.

The finger rings I made two of them while in prison and one of them while we layed behind our works at Dallas, Georgia last summer. The neck tie is one that I got when at home last spring. Ben can make what ever disposition of it he wants too. The old knife is one that John Ritz give me while in prison the testament is one that mother give me while at home and I read it through while in prison

The package marked to Mrs O’Conner is a finger ring and knife handle that belonged to her son Thomas tell her that I would have sent them sooner but did not have a chance

The stocking legs belonged to Harrison Cox and he said that hw want to keep them for his wife knit them for him he give them to me to keep for him and when we was separated he forgot them. I have kept them and will now send them to you.

I believe that is all that I will send with Myers please to answer as soon as you get this

I have not received that box yet some of the boys are getting boxes every day.

The boys are to start hime in the morning at four o’clock I would like to start with them I hope that the day is not far distant when we can all come home

This letter leaves me in good health and I hope that it may find you enjoying the same.

Write soon and often

Your affectionate son, George W. Parsons

To Mr. James Parsons

Owner's ID: 538
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? Yes, for US$ 400.   Interested in this cover? Contact frajola.
Stampless? Yes