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1865 February 26


Letter from Jesse A. Ross to Ben S. Duncan writing on behalf of Sam Callaway, who was paroled and sent south. Ross requests money for food to be sent.


Johnsons Island Ohio
February 26th/65
Ben S. Duncan Esq
Dr[sic] Sir
Your letter of 20th inst to Lt Sam
Callaway came to hand a day or two ago. Sam left us
for Dixie on the 16th. He requested me (as I was one of his mess
mates) to receive and answer all his letters. I know he would have
been glad to see you, if he could have managed it but he did not
know that he would get off only a day or two before hand. He received
your check about the 12th. It was all right in every respect. I think he
wrote you of its reception.
It is very probably that instructions have been issued to
grant no more boxes of provisions as the sutlers now sell vegetables to pris-
oners. However if it is so, we know nothing of it here yet.
I dislike very much to ask anything of you after your gener-
ous conduct towards the other Clark Co boys, and certainly would not do
so if I was not needing it or if I had other friends to whom I could go. If
therefore you could send Cap Hoope's and myself $5 to buy vegetables, without
inconvenience to yourself, I assure you we would be very thankful and that in (?)
years if I live and prosper, I will not be niggard in returning the favor. I sup-
pose that if we could even get a permit for a box, that the freight would amount
to as much as $5[.] Stewart Hardin and all send their kind regards. They expect
to get off in 3 or 4 weeks. Lt Hardin says he would write to you this evening
but has just written a letter and cant[sic] write another without violating
Yours Truly
Jesse A Ross
Stroope and I being the latest captures will not get off before July or Aug

Physical Description

Letter, 8" x 10"


Civil War; Correspondence; Soldiers; Prisoners of war


Jesse A. Ross

Geographical Area

Johnsons Island, Sandusky, Erie County (Ohio); Arkansas




MS.000061, Box 1, Correspondence item 38

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Flanagin papers, MS.000061


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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Letter, Jesse A. Ross to Ben S. Duncan, Flanagin papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, Jesse A. Ross to Ben S. Duncan