Union Soldier Explains What Happens To Rebel P.O.W.’s
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“you ask to know what is done with the Rebel Prisoners”
Albert Osborn responds to a letter his father has written him. Though mentioning family, friends, and money, one of the more interesting things about this letter is his response to his father’s inquiry about what happens to Confederate P.O.W.’s. Albert’s answer is concise. [CIVIL WAR].
Albert Osborn, Autograph Letter Signed, to his father. Fort Conaker [?], March 16, 1865. On the back of “The Battle of Cedar Creek” song-sheet / letter-sheet. 3 pp. total, with letter on 2 pages., 5 x 7⅞ in.
“…I have seated myself again to write a few lines to you in answer of yours of the 14th that came to hand to day. It found me in good health and the rest of the boys also. I was glad to hear that you with the rest of the family was well though sorry to hear that Ira was Sick we have not moved yet but are still under Marching Orders we are liable to move at any hour I am a loss to know what way some think to the left others think up the Valley you ask to know what is done with the Rebel Prisoners The most of them are sent to the North some of them join our  Army while others are sent to their homes where we hold the States that they reside in to day has been the Windiest day that I ever saw at times the dust flies so that a person cannot see ten Rods … the War news is good at this time as usual and seems to press better every day. ”