Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany while a Confederate prisoner-of-war to his wife about his continued hope of a prisoner exchange – September 17, 1864Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war in Charleston, South Carolina, to his wife about his continued hope of a prisoner exchange.
A partial transcription of the letter:
C.S.A Prison Charleston S.C.
Sept. 17th 1864
My Dear wife,
[…] I am in my usual good health; we expect now very soon to be exchanged no doubt I think. Hope keeps the spirits up. Scarcety of paper makes me take this sheet, on the other piece of which a very pretty song is written, which I have crossed out. I have no money so you see cant spend any[.] get paper the best way I can, very often through the generosity of others. When I come to Min. I will tell you now, what I would like to see on the table at every meal, a bountiful pile of Min Pottatoes. never in my life did I want them so anxiously.[…] wrote you two letters from Macon[.] I wonder if they ever reached you. How do you get along? When did the wood give out I cut for you? are you all well? If we get off from here in the next ten days, may meet a letter from you. This kind of way of earning money I do not like although quite good pay and may think yet deliver me[.] Be of good cheer my dear Lizzie, always that is like me you know[,] look on the bright side. God bless you all & may our little family circle be kept entire[.] When will Mrs Baxter ever find out about the death of her husband? My good wishes to all[.]
A W Tiffany