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    A loving wife writes her husband who is imprisoned in Libby Prison

    [Libby Prison]. An Archive of Sixteen Letters From Julia Parker Addressed to Her Husband, "Lt. E. Charles Parker, Prisoner of War, Libby Prison." Fifteen of the letters have the original transmittal envelope. Parker faithfully saved these letters and brought them home after his release.

    Lt. Edward Charles Parker, Co. E of the 94th N.Y. Infantry was captured at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. The first of Julia's letters is dated September 24, 1863 and the last is dated September 17, 1864. All but one letter is accompanied by a typed transcription. Parker successfully smuggled at least one letter to his wife folded up in a button of the uniform of an officer who had been paroled; a feat which made him a quite famous POW! The story became the topic of several periodical stories. Included is a photocopy of the "button letter".

    What follows are excerpts from Julia's correspondence. September 24, 1863: "Oh Charlie what a life to live, I don't see how you endure it." October 13, 1863: "I have been looking at some pictures of the place of your abode..." Likely referencing pictures in a "Harper's Weekly". November 22, 1863: "I trust you may receive the last two boxes I have sent." December 4, 1863: "I have been to church to church tonight... There was a young man spoke that was in Libby Prison most all last summer he was a Christian he said although there were many things unpleasant there was still the Lord was there... I sent another box yesterday and hope it will reach you soon if it has not already the loaf of cake in it and the little bottle of pickles and grapes were from Mrs. Platt. Dr. Elliott called here again yesterday he seems like a very pleasant man... he wished to be remembered to you and said he hoped you would be permitted to be with us soon... I wish this same with all my heart... P.S. Charlie you had better take out some of your coffee and divide with someone who has not got any... I hope to hear from you soon your last letter was written the 8th of last month... Julia" December 13, 1863: "Dr. Elliott [former prisoner] has left for his regiment. He called here twice... he gave me quite a history of Libby life." December 27, 1863: "It is quite a great comfort to me to prepair [sic] a box to send... Oh Charlie, how many times I thought of you Christmas day." January 24, 1864: "Let us hope in God that the cloud may soon break away and the dear light of Heaven beam upon us once more. I think Fran will go down to Anapolis [sic] soon to stay with Fred I saw her yesterday she said Col Root told him to send for her. Oh my dear Charlie if you were there I could go to [sic] how happy I would be... I had a letter from Jefre this last week he is well and likes it very much at Parole Camp he is one of Col Root Clerks he has made the acquaintance of Lt Berry that was released from Libby he also learned a little something of your way of living..." February 14, 1864: "I feel lost & alone and shall till I can have my dear Husband with me again. I hope there will be an agreement of some kind before long to release all the Prisoners... I long to see them all free that the homes that have been desolate so long may be joyful again..."

    Overall condition of the correspondence is excellent, with only light, even toning. Envelopes are also in good condition, with toning and light soiling.


    Estimate: $1,200 - up.

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