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Collection Reference Number GLC04635
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1864 
Title Charles Kappes to Sim Van Winkel, relating the events of his capture and complaining about poor prison conditions
Date 16 September 1864
Author Kappes, Charles (fl. 1864)  
Recipient Winkel, Sim Van  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Kappes, a Union soldier waiting for his discharge in the Annapolis United States General Hospital, relates the events of his capture to friends in New Jersey. Reports that while engaged in battle near Richmond, Virginia, his corps was surrounded by Confederate soldiers and forced to surrender, after which he was taken as a prisoner. Complains of poor conditions prisoners were exposed to while on Belle Island, near Richmond, stating "I was almost starved and then such rations as they do give why the farmers of the north would not be guilty of giving it to his hogs if he did the old Pig would turn up her snout ..." Written on United States Sanitary Commission stationery and accompanied by a Commission envelope labeled "Soldiers Letter."
Subjects Battle of Richmond  Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Soldier's Letter  Prisoner of War  Battle  Surrender  Confederate States of America  Prison Camp  Diet and Nutrition  Military Provisions  US Sanitary Commission  
People Kappes, Charles (fl. 1864)  Van Winkel, Sim (fl. 1864)  
Place written Annapolis, Maryland
Theme The American Civil War; Health & Medicine
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 Friend  
Civil War: Theater of War Main Eastern Theater