This letter was not received by David Bradley. The original letter is now housed at the Virginia Historial Society in Richmond, Virginia. Compliments of SCV Camp 1535.
"Camp Chase, April 21, 1862.
Dear Sir: I desire to inform you that I am a prisoner of war at Camp Chase,Ohio. We are in tolerably good health. I would like to see you all very much, but I can't get home just now. I wrote several letters to you all, but have received no answers, and I want to hear very much. Tell John I would like to hear from him. Tell Aunt Sarah howdy, also, and say that I am all right.
Show this letter to all who desire to see it, and tell Ad I want to see him too. Tell old Mrs. Davis that I heard from Frank a short time ago. Tell Capt. D.P. Curry to have us four exchanged. I have been here since last September, and am getting tired of staying in this place. He can have us exchanged if he will. Henry Whitman is here, and John McCutchen and Hugh McTuanns.
When you write don't put in anything contraband, for our letters are all opened before we get them. Tell old Mr. Ebberd that I wrote to Ben Ventrick, but have not heard from him. I must close by saying: God be with you all. It is the sincere prayer of your nephew, John W. Thompson, Rock Creek Guards, Twenty-Fifth Va. Regt. ""When this you see, remember me, Though many miles apart we be.""
Tell all the girls howdy for me,
To Mr. David Bradley, Goshen Bridge, Rockbridge, Co.,Va."
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