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Pvt. Charles H. Austin
Company E
14th New York Heavy Artillery Volunteers

Danville, Virginia Oct 12th/64

My Dear Wife      a few lines which I are going to send by a sick prisoner who is going to be exchanged     I are quite well & in good spirits & doing as well as could be expected & have a good large room to be in     now fannie dont worry about me     I are all right & trying to live for Eternity & I want you should do the same     I have written six or seven times before but dont know as you got them so will tell you what I did in them     that is be careful of yourself & keep as you know I want you to & dont draw on that money at all if you can help it     if you are well you had ought to earn your living & clothe so when I come home we can have enough to start on     & keep your stock of clothe up to     dont run behind on that & dont stay at home all the time either.     now darling keep your courage up & god bless you & keep you is the prayer of your loving Husband     give my respects to all & give these diary leaves to Father & mother     no more at present     good bye     god bless you     your Charlie


Charles H. Austin was sent to Danville Prison in Danville, Virginia following his capture on July 30, 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia. Like other confederate prisons, Danville Prison was severely overcrowded. Charles was destined to serve nearly as much time as a prisoner of war as he had previously served as a soldier with the New York 14th Heavy Artillery Regiment.