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
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,
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
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
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
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.