POW letter requesting food, Richmond, Va., 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Lt. James U. Childs of Co. H of the 16th Maine wrote from Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, where he was being held prisoner, seeking various food items sent to him.

His letter is addressed to Leonard Watson of the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in Washington, D.C. Childs writes that he would have a $20 payment sent to Watson when the box was shipped.

He asked for a ham, sausages, canned milk and salmon, Shaker applesauce, sardines, butter, cranberry sauce, coffee, and other items.

Childs, of Farmington, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862 as a sergeant. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, then 1st lieutenant and was mustered out on June 5, 1865.

His father was Capt. E. Childs.

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About This Item

  • Title: POW letter requesting food, Richmond, Va., 1863
  • Creator: Childs, James U.
  • Creation Date: 1863-10-26
  • Subject Date: 1863
  • Town: Farmington, Petersburg
  • County: Franklin
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 1/2
  • Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission records
  • Object Type: Text

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