DescriptionConfederate P.O.W. Thomas B. Fargason Letters (4) to a Union Soldier, Stephen Warren. All of Fargason's letters are written from Johnson's Island and are dated December 22, 1863; January 10, January 29, and May 26, 1864. Based on the narrative that unfolds in the letters, it appears that Fargason was in possession of a Bible that belonged to Warren, and was now returning it. They become pen pals of a sort, and here we offer Fargason's side of the conversation. Fargason does not appear on the list of deceased Confederate prisoners at Johnson's Island, so it is likely he survived. We were not able to identify what regiment Warren served in, or whether or not he survived.
Fargason's first letter is returning a bible to Warren, and explains how he came to have it: "Johnson's Island. Dec 22nd 1863.. It affords me great pleasure to enable to return to you your Testament. I have marked it some, in noting particular passages, in reading; it was done before I had any opportunity of returning it to you. I have carried it most of the time in my pocket, and being frequently exposed to drenching rain, it is a little soiled... It was with me at Harper's Ferry, when it was surrendered to our fources last year, at Sharpsburg, from thence to the Hospital at Winchester, thence to Staunton, where I obtained a Furloug, and visited my home in Alabama, thence back to the army in Virginia, it was with me in the battle of Chancellorsville, and then again at the hard contested battle of Gettysburg. There I was captured, and subsequently bought to this Prison... You write from the Hospital. Are you Sick or Wounded? To what Regiment, Brigade, and Corps do you belong?..."
Fargason's January 10, 1864 letter is written in response to a letter from Warren, and he sends thank for a Bible that Warren has sent him. He writes: "I am 1st Lt of Company 'D' 14th Ala Regt. My Regt is in Wilcox's Brigade, Anderson's Division, A.P. Hill's Corps. I do not know that I have ever seen any of your Regt... State to me if there are any Alabamians in your Hospital, and if any have died there..."
His January 27, 1864 letter has ribbon affixed at the top left corner that was used to tied down a ring (not present) that he gifts to Warren. The last letter in the group sends additional personal information, and wishes Warren well upon hearing that Warren is to return to the front. He writes: "My address is Mill Town, Ala. Should you be so unfortunate as to be captured write to my wife, and no doubt she will do what she can for you..."
A touching group showing the human side of the war.
Condition: All but the May 26 latter have a bit of dampstaining. With the usual mail folds, ink is very legible. December 26 letter has wear, and pin holes of paper loss where folds intersect.
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