POW writes mother from Elmira Prison


Date Written

Sept. 23, 1864

History Referenced

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Robert Collins was 26 years old when this was written.
It was written 159 years, 2 months, 15 days ago.
It was a Friday.

Prisoner's Camp
Elmira Prison
New York
September 23,

Dear Mother,
I seated my sealf to inform you that I am well at preasant. I recive your letter a few days ago. I was glad to heare that you were all well. Richard is well. I want you to send me and Richard a heavy blanket or quilt a piece if you pleas, for it is mutch colder than in Tennessee. Tell Uncle Garnett howdy for me. Give my best respects to all the family. I mus bring my letter to a close. Thou effectionate son.

Rob B. Collins

Direct your letter to Barrax No. 3, Ward 51, care of Major Colt.
Mr. R. B. Collins

*Some punctuation added to facilitate reading.

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