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"IMMORTAL 600" P.O.W., CAPTURED AT GETTYSBURG, WRITES FROM MORRIS ISLAND Rare, fine content A.L.S. of Captain Bezaliel G. Brown, Co. I, 7th Va. Infy., 1p. 4to., "Prisoner of War Morris Island, S.C.", Sep. 21, 1864 to his parents. In part: "...I write you this morning learning that there will be a flag of truce in a few days...I would like to know if there is any chance to be exchanged soon if not I would like to have some socks and tobacco sent to me, also some eatables if you are alloud to do so. I understand from the U.S. Officer in charge of us that such things will be alloud us, but if you find it a difficult matter, do not trouble yourself, as I have held out for fifteen months without...we have but one mail in ten days. I thought best to write home for what I wished, if anything should happen to prevent me from meeting with you all again, I wish you to settle his account again for me...I am in a small tent with three other officers. We have a full view of Charleston. This leaves us all in tolerable health...". "The Immortal 600" were Confederate prisoners placed under the Union guns at Morris Island in Charleston harbor as "human shields"; miraculously, none were killed by Confederate fire. Captain Brown was wounded in the leg on the third day at Gettysburg, sent to Johnson's Island, thence to Point Lookout and Fort Delaware, then to Hilton Head on Aug. 20, 1864 and Fort Pulaski on Oct. 20, 1864 before being sent back to Fort Delaware on Mar. 12, 1865. Incredibly, he survived incredibly harsh treatment, being released on May 30, 1865. Folds, else near fine condition.
Estimate $ 1,200-1,500

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