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Collection Reference Number GLC04662.051
From Archive Folder Charles E. Walbridge Collection 
Title Charles E. Walbridge to his mother reporting that the "Weehawken" has sunk and sharing his distress at reports of the hardships suffered at a prisoner of war camp on Belle Island
Date 7 December 1863
Author Walbridge, Charles E. (b. 1842)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description He was very excited to open his box of clothes, food and other materials. "I took as much pleasure . . . as children usually do in emptying their stockings on Christmass [sic] morning." He reports that the monitor "Weehawken" has sunk, probably due to a boiler explosion. He is upset by the reports of the Sanitary Commission which tell of the hardships at Belle Island, a prisoner of war camp in Richmond. He worries over the fate of a soldier. "I am afraid one of my men, 'Sam Patterson' the Indian is still at Belle Island."
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Soldier's Letter  Confederate States of America  Gift  Diet and Nutrition  Clothing and Accessories  Holidays and Celebrations  American Indian History  Ironclad  Navy  US Sanitary Commission  Prison Camp  Prisoner of War  
People Walbridge, Charles E. (fl. 1842-1866)  
Place written Folly Island, South Carolina
Theme The American Civil War; Naval & Maritime; Native Americans
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Recipient Relationship Mother  
Civil War: Theater of War Main Eastern Theater  
Civil War: Unit 100th New York Volunteers, H Company