Captain Ordered to Newport News, Virginia, Civil War POW Camp

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The Civil War officially ended on May 9, 1965, although Robert E. Lee surrendered a month earlier. Newport News was occupied by federal forces during much of the war. A Confederate POW Camp continued to operate for a few months after the war, but closed in August 1865.


One page, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾” ALS, Office of Commissary, District of Eastern Virginia, Fort Monroe, April 28th, 1865. In part “…Captain, Having reported for duty agreeable to War Dept. Order No. 178 – dated April 21st, 1865 -…you will proceed immediately to Newport News, Va. and report to the commanding officer for duty as Issuing Commissary of Subsistence to the prisoners of war confined at that point…” Signed by the Captain whose signature is not discernible. Also signed by Capt. Frederick W. Alexander.

In another hand and in pencil, “Reported April 28, 1865 to Col. Davidson 122 U.S.C.T. who sent letter to Lt. Col. Curry stating that Lt. E. Gallup, a CS, at present on duty at Newport News was able to perform all the necessary duty at that station admirably by Lt. Col. Curry…”

Folds. Toning. Four pin holes in left margin, possibly for binding. A couple of small stains, not affecting readability.

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