Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    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.

    Auction Info

    Bidding Begins Approx.
    17th Tuesday
    Auction Dates
    6th Sunday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    25 Days
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 34
    Auction Type
    Signature®:  Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)

    Signature® Floor Sessions
    Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.
    Track Item