12 October 1864: “We are drawing light rashions here.”

Item Description: A letter written by Christopher Wren Bunker to his family from prison. It describes some of the conditions at prison, as well as some illness he has suffered. He served in the Confederate Army in eastern Tennessee and western Virginia. He was captured on August 7, 1864 and imprisoned at Camp Chase, Ohio.

18641012_01Item Citation: From Folder 1, in the Christopher Wren Bunker Letters #4822-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item Transcription:

Camp Chase, O., Oct. the 12th 1864

Dear Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sisters,

It is with pleasure I take the present opportunity to drop you a few lines to let you know how I am getting along. I was captured the 7th of last August and brought to this place. I have no news of interest to write to you are none allowed to come in prison. You must write to me as soon as you get this and let me know how you are getting along. I would like to hear from you all as it has been a long time since I heard from you, but I hope it will not be long before I will hear from you and see you too, all though I see no chance for an exchange.

I have not seen many well days since I came to this place. I have had the Smallpox and have now got the diarieh, but I hope that I will be well in the course of a week; the Smallpox did not go very hard with me, it did not confine me to my bed but about three weeks. I would like to have some clothes as I have not got but one suit and it is very thin summer goods but it is impossible for you to send me any from home. We are drawing light rashions here. Just enough to keep breath and body together. I must bring this to a close and I hope it will find you well and doing well. Direct to Camp Chase Columbia Ohio and put it in another envelop and direct to Judge Ould Officer of exchange, Richmond, Va

I remain your son as well, C. W. Bunker


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