Item Description: Letter 27 January 1864 from Robert S. Sifford written from Hammond General Hospital at Point Lookout, Md., where he was a prisoner of war. The letter is generally addressed to family and friends and is meant to be shared; it is found in the papers of Harriet McIntosh, who was his niece.. “Wmc” in the letter may refer to William McIntosh, another uncle of Harriet McIntosh, and J.F. refers to J.F. Sifford, Robert’s brother, who would be dead by March of 1864. Sifford was a private in the 52nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment and after the war settled in Tennessee.
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Hammond, Genl. Hospital
Point Lookout Maryland
Jan. 27, 1864} Dear relatives and friends I once more take up my pent to write you a few lines to inform you that I am as yet among the living. I am well. I am [cancelled ampersand] worse and have bin for 3 months. Wmc is so he can go on crutches, but not near well. JF. is in camp about one mile from here but I don’t get to see him now. My treatment is very good, and has bin since being a prisoner. My absence from home appears a long time. A great many of my reg. are here please write to me Direct to Hammond general Hosp. Ward 14. Bed 69. Point Lookout MD. Hand this to all inquiring friends I hope to meet you all again when this ? Lee Remember me though many Broad Rivers and Mountains between us ly. Take care of Dill and both for me. Yours for Ever