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    Union Soldier's Letter by Andersonville POW Jordan C. Harriss, Co. A, 81st Illinois Vols. Harriss was captured June 10, 1864 at Guntown, Miss. Four pages, 8" x 9.75", April 30, 1865, Jacksonville, Florida, to "Wife". Harriss, possibly of the Illinois 34th Infantry, writes this heart-rending letter shortly after the "Rebs turned us loose." In part: "Thank God I am out of prison well and now have the blessed privilege of writing freely my feelings to you. . . . I have to write to inform Mr. Wilks's family that Richard died in prison at Andersonville. . . . . Much of our time our hunger was great. Our clothes were old & patched when we left Memphis & you may judge how they are now without having a change for nearly a year & Sleeping in them. When I was captured my blanket watch knife haversack & canteen were taken from me & the same way it was with the other boys . . . thus we entered Andersonville Prison. . . . It was nearly impossible to find room to lie down on it was so crowded. . . . Day before yesterday the Rebs turned us loose & yesterday morning we had the joy of meeting the 'Blue Coats' in authority. Since then we have been treated like parents treat their children. Only one thing cast a gloom upon our minds & that was that which has sent a wail of grief over the land [Lincoln's death]. . . . Home . . . what is better than that." Bold ink; very minor soiling. Fine condition.

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    12th Saturday
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