18 September 1863: “I received your most welcome letter… it is the first intimation I have that I have been heard from at home.”

Item Description: Letter, 18 September 1863, From Julius S. Joyner to his mother Julia Joyner, updating her about himself and his fellow prisoners. During the Gettysburg campaign, Captain Joyner was captured and sent to Johnson’s Island near Sandusky, Ohio. Captain Joyner remained in Ohio until the close of the war, writing to his family of his needs and his surroundings in the prison.

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Item Citation: From folder 13 of the Joyner Family Papers #4428, Southern Historical CollectionWilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item Transcription:

Johnsons Island Sandusky Ohio
September 18th 1863

My Dear Mother,

I received your most welcome letter of August 27th two days ago and it gave me great satisfaction as it is the first intimation I have that I have been heard from at home. 

I regret to hear that your health is bad and trust that it may soon be restored. Give Yourself no uneasiness about me. I am faring very well and shall continue to do so as long as I remain here, though I hope that I shall be able to come home soon. David H Goodloe Esqr of Washington has kindly furnished me with some money and I expect to write to him for some winter clothing in a few days. Tell Wm to write to Capt Bankford to send my trunk home and also some … that Capt Thomas has for me. There is $28 dollars due on the … Henry Coggins, Willis Pearce, Hutson Harris, Wyatt Harris, Jepe Duke, Alex Holmes, Alex Mitchell & JW Sandiford are at Ft Delaware the last five were slightly wounded. I do not think any others of the co were taken. Walter M. Mcleery was killed and J.S. Alley must have been if he did not get back. Capt. Nichols is here. He was taken at Rocky Mt July 20th. Capt Williams Capt Davis & St Gill are well. My best love to all

Affectionately Yours
J Scovey Joyner


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