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[CIVIL WAR - CONFEDERACY]. Group of 5 Confederate POW letters.

Kurtz, George W. Capt. Fort Delaware, 4 June 1864. 1p (5 x 675 in.) “Dear Friend” Describes being a prisoner of war, having been captured at Spotsylvania Court House on May 12th. Everyone was as well as could be expected. With a cover, but the postmark is two months later than the letter.

Bosworth, J.W (John 1836-1936), Fort Delaware, Del Off’s Barracks / Division No. 36, May 4, 1864. 1p (7.5 x 975 in) To his father, Squire Bosworth (1792-1870). Complaining about not receiving any letters, and stating that he writes every other day. Most of the rest is making arrangements to get home from Webster to Beverly – the entire Regiment is coming home. (31st Virginia CSA) With cover.

Bosworth, {Squire Newton) “Newt.”(1841-1922) Point Lookout, Nov 15 1864. 1p (5 x 8 in.) To his father. Mostly things he needs, such as shoes, a shirt, drawers, etc. “I rec’d your kind letter yesterday & was glad to receive the stamps & money, as I will now be enabled to have a blanket to sleep on…. I would like to get out of this prison, but will bear it patiently.” With cover.

Banks, Albert A. Elmira Prison, 1 Feb. 1865. 1p, (5 x 8 in.) to Rev. Edwin G. Booth. “The prisoners here are doing very well, getting [plenty] to eat and well treated but the constraint of Prison life is of course galling I trust that ‘ere long our difficulties will be terminated by Peace…Your obliged humble svt. / Albert A Banks. With cover.

Leath, J.E. Point Lookout June 3rd. To E.G. Booth, Esq. 1p, (4.75 x 8 in.) “On account of the favours that you have already extended to me I dislike very much to trouble you again, but I am again in need of a small sum, and as I see no prospect of an exchange of prisoners soon, I will be under many obligations to you if you will send me ten dollars by mail…” With cover.

Edwin Gilliam Booth (1810-1886). Born in Nottoway County, VA, he attended Wingfield Academy, then Oxford, NC. He then entered the University of North Carolina, graduating at 18-years-of-age. He studied law and headed the largest law firm in that part of the state, serving a two-year term in the Virginia legislature and on the committee to revise Virginia’s laws. During the war he tried to offer relief to Confederate soldiers who were prisoners of war, as these letters demonstrate.

Condition:

Most good, having been protected by covers. The Banks letter with some insect damage, especially to the word "plenty."

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$594
04/09/2021

 

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