Greble, Charles E. – January 4, 1864

Michigan Civil War Collection

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Regiment: 8th Michigan Cavalry Battles Mentioned: Historical Figures: Libby Prison Richmond VA Jan 4th 1864 Dear Brother Thinking a few lines from me might interst you I embrace the present opportunity. I rec a letter from John this day which found me emjoying good health Although I was much disappointed in not rec one from Martha As you have ere this heard the particulars of my capture I will give you a slight discription of Libby Prison the building in which we are confined ([ ? ] Officers in the number of 1,000) The Prison is a brick Structure of three ground floors bsides basement consisting of 9 rooms each 120 feet in length & 43 feet in bradth. Seperated by [ ? ] The building was famaly occupied by Libby & Sow as whole sale [ ? ] & Ship Chandlers the lower middle room is occupied as cook & dining room & work room. The lower east room as hospital for wounded officers. Water is conveyed to every room in the building by lead pipes from the city waterworks there is a privy in every room with a stream of water running through it. We nearly all make our beds on the floor Myself & Partson have seven blankets which make us very comfortable. Our rations are cord brad fresh beef & rice a plenty such as it is there is 24 in my mess No 22 we sent out & brought a second hand stove for $350 which could be bought at home for 4 or 5 dollars you can send your washing out or do it yourself The messes have a chance to send out for any thing they want twice per week I sent out for $185 00 worth & you could put it all in a 2 bushel bag. Oysters are Cheaper here than at home. It is a sight to go through the different room some are playing chess cards sand exercis [ ? ] French some working [ ? ] & every thing that you can imagine Write & let me know how you make it on the farm & all the news From your BrotherCharles E Greble 1st Liet Co E 8th Mich Cav [On Envelope:] From Prisoner of War Richmond Mr George Greble Battle Creek Mich