Pvt. (Dr.) William C. Humphreys, Co. F, 8th Georgia Infantry, On His Captivity (1)

23 01 2022

News from our Prisoners in Washington.

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Letter from Dr. Humphreys.

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THE GRAYS WHO ARE PRISONERS – THEIR TREATMENT – THEORDORE HAMMOD’S WOUNDS – DR. HUMPHRIES ATTENDING OUR SICK AND WOUNDED PRISONERS, &C., &C.

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We ar permitted, by Mr. N. J. Hammond, Esq., to lay before our readers the following letter, for which we return our sincere thanks:

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Washington City, July 31, 1861.

Mr. N. J. Hammond:

Dear Sir: Having an opportunity to address you a few lines, I do so , for the purpose of let- you know our whereabouts and condition. – There are of the Atlanta Grays now here, held as prisoners of war, your brother T. A. Hammond, George Barker, Samuel Gavit, James Kershaw, Lewis Reick, G. H. Grambling, and myself. We were taken on Sunday, 21st instant, at the battle of Bull’s Run, and brought to this city Wednesday following. The officers of the Federal Government who have us in charge have treated us kindly since we have been here. The confinement is bad on us, still not as bad as it would have been if we were in close confinement. We have the privilege through the day of exercise in a good large yard; and, upon the whole, are treated as well as prisoners of war could expect. You brother T. A. Hammond received two wounds, one in the right shoulder, a slight flesh wound, the other in the thumb of the right hand. His thumb had to be taken off at the hand joint. He is doing very well. His shoulder will be well in a few days. I have charge of our hospital, and will give every attention to our sick and wounded of our prisoners. Be kind enough to call on my family, and let them hear from me, also, on the relations of others who are here prisoners. I have written to my wife since I have been here. I will let our friends hear from us as often as permission is granted me while I remain, which I hope will not be long, as I trust there will be an honorable exchange made.

Yours, respectfully,
WM. C. HUMPHRIES

(Atlanta, GA) Southern Confederacy, 8/14/1861

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