William B., age 19, P.O.W. in Virginia


Can not but contrast my situation on this Xmas + that of last + while I am depressed at being in prison + in the complete power of my ruthless and bloody enemies I can not but be thankful and return thanks to Almighty God that he has preserved me to be even here through the numberless dangers I have passed through between this and last Xmas. Had divine Service by Revd Mr Kinsolving in Div 25 never was more impressed with our beautiful prayers in the prayer book than I was today. Had double rations of bread. Weather beautiful + God seems to smile on us though man seems to frown.  *(William Hyslop Summer Burgwyn Private Collection, North Carolina State Archives)