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    General John Hunt Morgan Autograph Letter Signed "Jno H Morgan." One page, 8.25: x 10.5", Columbus, Ohio; August 24, 1863. A letter written to his wife, Mattie, while imprisoned in the Ohio State Penitentiary. In part:

    "...I am delighted that you do not attempt to come to this place, as you would not be allowed to see me, I hope my precious one, to be soon released, & then my first place of resting will be when I reach you. Would that I could write you as full & long letters as I described that is impossible, all letters have to be inspected & long ones would tire the officials whose duty it is to read them. Shall send this through Gen Burnside & feel satisfied that it will reach you...The officers who are with me were delighted at my receiving a letter from you. Capt Logan with others wish to be remembered..."

    Accompanied by the original transmittal cover, marked "Examined." At the top left corner is an Autograph Note Signed to General Burnside, who Morgan depended upon sending the note, which reads: "Will Genl. Burnside be kind enough to forward by first Flag of Truce. Jno. H. M." The cover has both a U.S. stamp as well as a Confederate "Due 10" stamp, a unique case of dual postage.

    During a raid into Ohio and Indiana, Morgan and a large group of his men were intercepted by Union forces. He was captured on July 31, 1863 and was sent to prison in Columbus. He was not imprisoned long, as on November 27, Morgan and six of his officers, escaped from Ohio Penitentiary and eventually made it back to safety in the South. He was later killed at Greeneville, Tennessee, on September 4,1864.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with light toning. Minor chipping at the edges. Usual wear and soiling to the transmittal cover.

    Transcription:

    Columbus Ohio 24th Augt 1863

    Ten thousand blessings my darling one, for your deal letter of 12th inst, it is a perfect treasure, you cannot imagine my great joy upon receiving it. The moment I saw the address, knew that it was from you, was so delighted to hear from you & know that you are in good health, it has taken the greatest weight from my mind. Can bear up much better under my imprisonment. My thoughts are ever of thee, my dearest Mattie & knowing that you are well & with our friends make me happy (as much so as a prisoner can be). My separation from you has been my greatest trial, have written several letters via City Point & hope they may reach you, altho, necessarily short, knew they would afford you great pleasure & satisfaction & in fact, it is my only pleasure either in thinking of, or writing to you, my dear Mattie. I am delighted that you do not attempt to come to this place, as you would not be allowed to see me, I hope my precious one, to be soon released, & then my first place of resting will be when I reach you. Would that I could write you as full & long letters as I described that is impossible, all letters have to be inspected & long ones would tire the officials whose duty it is to read them. Shall send this through Gen Burnside & feel satisfied that it will reach you. Get a great many letters from Mother & the family. They ask a great many questions, in regard to yourself. Mother sends a great many messages & also a Mothers blessing for your love & kindness to her dear boy Tom. You have her greatest love, says this time one year ago, she visited dear Tom, in Camp Chase & he constantly spoke of the loveliness of the two sisters, Mattie & Alice. Aunt Eleanor sends a great deal of love for your consideration regard to Harry. You are so considerate, me dearest, to think of my little namesake, even in your trouble, do all you can for it, & tell his mother, that I often think of her & that in my prayers I remember both the mother & child. The prayer book that you gave me upon our marriage has been my constant companion & each night I read a psalm. I realize each day the truth of the Bible as laid down in 18 Chapter Proverbs 22 verse. Hope you had a pleasant time at A. & if you desire at any time to change your residence, that would be a good place. Col. Alston is at Camp Chase & in good health & spirits, do you ever hear from her (Mrs. Alston). If you pass through Atlanta do not forget your package left there. The officers who are with me were delighted at my receiving a letter from you. Capt Logan with others wish to be remembered, Charlton Dick Calvin & Col Duke send love - My kindest regards to Gen Buckner, can never forget his kindness to you, my darling. Any one who does a kindness to you endear themselves to me. Give love to Sister Alice say that I love her more for her attention to you. Mother wishes to keep Frank with you. Give him my love say to him that I expect him to remain with you until my return. With this I send the thousand blessing my love.

    'Clouds this as night may gather round our path
    And deamons in disguise of friendship, laugh
    At our misfortunes, we will e'er remain
    In truth in love in constancy the same.

    Your ever devoted husband
    Jno H Morgan
    Brig Gen C.S.A.

    [Post script on left margin:] Foster Chatham is here & well. We are all in fine spirits.


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