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POINT LOOKOUT P.O.W. LETTER A Confederate P.O.W.'s letter written from the infamous Union prison at Point Lookout, Maryland, 2pp. 8vo., Apr. 5 [1864], in which Lt. James B. Jordan of the 26th N.C. Infantry writes from the U.S. General Hospital to his cousin. In part: "...I wrote to you a few days ago, but it was a very short an unsatisfactory letter filled with gloom and despondency - none of that now. I feel much better after a good 'shiver bath.' I this morning had the pleasure of washing my clothes in salt water it was a delightful picture, no doubt up to my knees in the surf scrub, scrub, the water was cold and my soap wouldn't stick. I had to learn for the first time that soap and salt water could not agree. I suppose you wonder why I did not get sum of the Hospital servants to wash for me? Well, I decline owing they're quarantine...excuse me if you please. I suppose you have heard by this time that Richmond is no more? And that Petersburg has shared the same fate? Bright prospects ahead isn't then? Have you written to Johnsons Island since you received that sketch?...". Jordan was captured at Gettysburg on the third day, sent to Johnson's Island and thence to Point Lookout on Mar. 21, 1865. He was finally released on June 12, 1865.
Estimate $ 400-500

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