To Clara from Rock Island Prison
July 2, 1864
Member of Series
Jonathan Gibson Taylor was 25 years old when this was written.
Jonathan Gibson Taylor died 3 months, 12 days after writing it.
It was written 154 years, 10 months, 19 days ago.
It was a Saturday.
Rock Island Illinois Barrack No. 75 July 2, 1864
Dear Sister Clara,
More than a year has elapsed since I have received any information direct from home and that was when Cousin Clara was sent into our lines.
I was disagreeably surprised to hear of the deaths of some of my relations & friends since my arrival here through H. Vincle. He told me that Cousin Thomas McCreery & wife were both lost to this world. It is heartrending to know that so many small children are left parentless. I sympathize with the little children in their sad bereavement hope their parents have found a celestial shade where the sorrows of this world are unknown. I am pained to hear to hear that Mrs. Morris has lost her husband as she was entirely dependent on his exertions for support.
Dr. Sister I assure that nothing would afford me more pleasure than to meet you all again in peace, may God speed the hour is my prayer. How are your little boys, kiss them for me, give my love to George brother Richard & sister Mollie. Tell her to kiss Mary and Gip for me. Give my love to Papa, Millie, & all of my brothers. Write me how Uncle Ed & Aunt Auerelia's families are. Uncle W. & Abb were both well last March. Tell Cousin Patric that Jeff was well when I left the south. Tell Papa to send me a box of provisions and some tobacco by express. All of you write soon to your aff. brother.
J. G. Taylor
I wrote to Pa the 27th of June