Libby Prison Inmate U.S. Civil War letter

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dc.description This anonymous letter, written December 18, 1864, by an inmate of Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia and addressed to United States Senator William Wright of New Jersey, is an urgent plea for the senator's intercession in obtaining the inmate's exchange for a Confederate officer imprisoned for an unknown offence in West Virginia and for whom he himself is being held hostage, and his release from prison. The writer describes his failing health after several months as a general prisoner of war followed by the deprivations of close confinement, and his fears that without release he will not survive; he closes "With Great Respect," but his signature is missing from the torn lower edge of the page.
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dc.publisher Rice University
dc.rights This material is in the public domain and may be freely used, with attribution. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
dc.source Libby Prison Inmate U.S. Civil War Letter, 1864, MS 113, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. (preferred citation)
dc.title Libby Prison Inmate U.S. Civil War letter
dc.digitization.specifications Images were captured using the Epson GT15000 (oversized) flatbed scanner and Epson Scan software. Master Tiff images were scanned at 24-bit color, 600 ppi. Derivative file is simple PDF for handwritten texts. 2008
dc.identifier.original MS 113 wrc03603
dc.type.genre correspondence
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.citation (1864). "Libby Prison Inmate U.S. Civil War letter."

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