Johnsons Island Ohio
January 26th 1864
I am well & doing as well as usual at this place, I trust these lines may reach you & find you all well. The last letter I recd from you was dated November 15th 63. I am very anxious to heare from you. I have been writing to you every two weeks. It is reported here that the prisoners are to be moved from this place Soon. Whether for exchange or to another prison I don’t know but I think the lattor most likely. The probability is that we will be Sent to Point Lookout. The friends here are generally well. Except Lieut Ramseur has something like Rheumatism. I did not received your letter in time to say to you to hire Bill. If any friend is passing you had better have my trunks brought home. Wm. Barber can Give and order for the One in Richmond. I think I have clothing Enough till Spring. Keep the children at School if possible. I hope to find them all advanced in there Studys when I arrive home. Eleanora & Mary can lern Charles & Catharine at home a great deal. I hope they will take an interest in so doing. Give my love to all.
Your affectionate, Husband
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. Original in the William G. Morris Collection, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-CH