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~ Transcription of Wm. S. Scott Letter ~

Letter from Wm. S. Scott of Callaway County, Missouri
To his Mother from Alton Military Prison, Alton, Illinois. 
"Willie Scott was my Great-grandmother's Brother and was MURDERED by Northern sympathizers shortly after his release from prison, just 15 days before the close of the Civil War." says Wayne E. Johnson.   Special thanks for this letter submitted by Wayne E. Johnson who retains all rights to the letter and it's contents.
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Mil Prison, Alton, Ill.
Dec 10th, 1864

Dear Mother,
With much pleasure I embrace
the opportunity of writing you these lines to
inform you that I am in prison at Alton, Ill.
this leaves me well. I have had good health
ever since I left home. Ma I met with some
friends from Callaway. I want you
to come down & see me as soon as you get
this. Ma get a recommendation for my release
from some of the loyal men of that Neighbor-
hood And bring with you for me some
clothing & money Also, Ma if you can't possibly
come send me some clothing & money. Anyhow
If you don't come try to get some man to come in
your place. Ask him to bring the clothing & money
I have been in prison about two months.
I have not heard from home since I have
been in prison. I would like to get home by
Christmas if you can possibly get me out.
Send me some eatables with the clothes.
John Bell & Will Kemper are here with me.
Give my regards to all relation & enquiring
friends. Tell Henry Oliver to go to Old Henry's & Kiss
that girl for me. Well I will conclude.
from your dutiful Son, William Scott.
I wrote one letter to Cote sans dessins & for fear the mails
were not running then wrote this to Hibarnier.

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