Confederate POW#15 -- Barracks 16 Prison 3 Camp Chase O
"...this is a dull Crismass day..." Written December 25, 1864 by John W. Hagan
To Mrs A. A. Hagan,
Cat Creek, Lowndes County, Ga.
My Dear Wife;
Again I write you a short letter which leaves myself James D. Pounds, A. Mattox, M. F. Giddins & Wm. Anderson in good health & hope you & familley are enJoying the Same blessing
I have nothing new to write you. I am very anxious to hear of an Exchange but have very little hopes of being Exchanged during the War we are permitted to receve the papers now & have a chance of Knowing what is going on the late arrangement entering into by the C.S. & U.S. will not lead to & Exchange.
Brig Gen Beall on the part of the CS is now in N.Y. on Payrole to carry out the arrangements on the part of the C.S. to furnish we prisoners of War with all the nessary supplies to make us comfertable & we have Elected Col Josie of Ark & Col Healkine of Tenn & Capt Smith of Va to make a report of what we need to Gen Beall in N.Y. & Issue the Same when it arrives here. So you may not give your self any uneaseyness about us for if we are not well cared for it will be the fault of the Confederat states. we are fairing very well now & will do better when our supplies is encreast. I havent heard from Anderson yet & do not expect to Soon let me Know when you write if J.M. Griffin have been heard of at home.
I am still corresponding with my friend in Nashville Tenn & will not suffer for any thing your Uncle John Roberts is in Prison at Rock Island Ills & Bryant his son is with me & in good health Give my love to all at home & Kiss Reubin for me. I will close hoping to hear from you soon as my last was dated Oct 8th.
I Remain your Affectsionate Husband
John Wm. Hagan
P.S. this is a dull Crismass day