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    Danville POW Camp: Eilisha Chamberlain [22nd Michigan] Group.
    Leather bayonet rig incorporating a 3.375" oval brass "US" puppy-paw belt buckle, a cap pouch and a bayonet scabbard. The back side of the belt is inscribed "E. P. Chamberlin [sic]". According to a caption plaque accompanying the piece, the rig belonged to Eilisha P. Chamberlain. On August 22, 1862, he mustered into Company F, 22nd Regiment Michigan Infantry. He was taken prisoner on September 20, 1863 at the Battle of Chickamauga. He died of disease on March 29, 1864 at the Confederate prison camp at Danville, Virginia. The leather is supple and the rig is in very good condition. It is accompanied by a Union soldier's 4-page letter written on 5" x 8" bifolium lined paper, dated March 4 [n.y.] and signed C. B. Church. Writing from "Camp near Danvill vagina [sic]", Church describes the state of affairs at the liberated camp. In part: "ther is a larg grave yard here wher our men hav starved tow deth while prisners. We found ten out off our rigment buried here. the boys went and filled up ther graves and fixed pole fence around them. the nigas tell ous that the doctor youst tow poisen them and that they wold hall them out by the wagon lodes every morning and that it wold tickel peapel to sey them dy off sow fast." The letter also mentions Confederate soldiers loitering about (having taken the Oath of Loyalty), going on half rations so that they could give food to their former adversaries, the Rebel soldiers deigning not to remove their uniforms for fear of going naked, plus a "secesh" who initially refused to sign the oath until soldiers dismantled his house to recycle the wood for the construction of shanties. Written in pencil, somewhat difficult to read because of the numerous misspellings, but with outstanding content. The 122nd Ohio is credited with liberating the camp. Most of the soldiers buried in the camp cemetery were from Michigan and Ohio. We include a book illustration of the Battle of Chickamauga.


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