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A Wisconsin soldier describes being a prisoner of war, 1863-1865

Letter to Sen. Timothy O. Howe, January 26, 1865.


Taken prisoner at Gettysburg in 1863, Nathaniel Rollins, a Captain in Co. H of the 2nd Wis. Infantry, spent much of the remainder of the war in Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. In January of 1865, only six weeks after being freed, Rollins wrote this 21-page account of his life as a prisoner of war for Wisconsin senator Timothy O. Howe. Click "Page & Text" when viewing any page in order to see a typed transcript. Rollins' hand-written diary entries covering the Battle of Gettysburg are given elsewhere at Turning Points.

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Related Topics: Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
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Creator: Rollins, Nathaniel
Pub Data: Unpublished manuscript in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Wis Mss UW).
Citation: Rollins, Nathaniel. Letter to Sen. Timothy O. Howe, January 26, 1865. Unpublished manuscript in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Wis Mss UW); Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=90; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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