17 July 1864:

Item description: Letter from Seraphina Brooks Flowers to Lt. G. C. Lockwood, 17 July 1864. Flowers writes Lockwood, a federal officer, to petition to see her son who was taken prisoner.


In DSHC – scans 62 and 63



Item citation: From folder 56 of the Craig, Ferris, and Flowers Family Papers #5323, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

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The following letter, was addressed to a Federal

Officer, in Vicksburg, during the war between

the North and South.

Ceres, July 17th 1864

Lt. G. C. Lockwood,

Dear Sir

You will doubtless, be

very much surprised to receive a communication

from me; but the deep anxiety I am feeling at this

time, induces me to venture to address you with an

appeal, for the exercise of your influence in behalf

of my son, who is now a prisoner at Rock Island ___

captures on the 10th of June, by Gen. Sherman’s

forces near Rome, Georgia.

If you can, by your influence, in routing, or

otherwise, gain for him the extension of kind


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and lenient treatment (as far as is consistent with

orders) from the Prison Officers, it will be esteemed

one of the greatest favors __ one that will give gladness

to my heart, which is surcharged with sadness

and gloom.

I fear you will consider me presuming

as I have appealed to you on former occasions;

and besides; I am fully aware that I have

no claims whatever, upon your kindness_

Still, however, I venture to apply, trusting that

the noble, kind, and generous nature, which I

believe you to possess, will induce you to excuse

in me any appearance of this kind.

My solicitude is very great as my son

is very young __of frail and delicate con__

stitution __ possessed of a most sensitive nature,

and very poorly prepared in mind and body

to encounter the hardships he may have to

encounter endure.

You know something of myself and relatives;

and we have through the kindness and consideration

which you have always manifested, become to

feel towards you as friends.

If you can, and will by penning a few words,

do that which may lighten the wearisome prison

hours of my son, it will call forth my lasting

gratitude, and kindest remembrances through life.

Yours Respectfully

S. Flowers


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