Excellent 1864 Johnson's Island civil war POW cover. Weak Sandusky Ohio postmark with Christmas Dec.25 date and target on 3 cent 1861 #65; bold censor/examiner's marking with TOC initials, addressed to Baltimore. With original datelined letter with Christmas date and letter signed by what appears to be George Hunter, who identifies himself as the recipient's cousin.
Neat letter content - how I should just like to take a peep at them all to day. You can very well imagine that we are not spending a very merry Christmas here todya - I believe I have almost forgotten the taste of "egg-nog" + "mince pies" I used to beat them all at home making egg-nog + a;lways made the first bowl Christmas morning. But those were days, when boys thought they were making a big noise with firecrackers, but now they shoot guns big enough to crawl in - I wish the days of "fire-crackers" + egg-nog would make haste & come again. I getting very tired of this mode of keeping Christmas.... Johnson's Island (in Sandusky Bay in Lake Erie, not far from Sandusky) was used as an officer's prison.Letter with small split at one fold; it's uncommon to find Johnson's Island covers with letter content, much less a descriptive one like this. See additional auctions under IDs paperhistory and budgetcoverbox.
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