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Thomas B. Fargason, Co. D, 14th Alabama Infantry, Captured at Gettysburg, Writes a Touching Letter from where he is held prisoner on Johnson’s Island – He is thanking a Union soldier for a Bible that was sent him… “I shall endeavor to preserve it and study its sacred pages and make it my guide and counselor”
This one page letter is headed, “Johnson’s Island, Ohio, Jan. 10th, 1864”. Thomas B. Fargason of the 14th Alabama is writing to Stephen Warren Co K of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry. THIS IS A GREAT STORY.

Around the time of the battle of 2nd Bull Run (August 30th, 1862). The 13th Mass. and the 14th Alabama met in battle. Stephen Warren lost his Testament and Fargason found it. Fargason prized the Bible and carried it throughout the war. He was finally able to return it to its owner, Warren. Because of his kindness in returning the Bible, Warren sent Fargason a replacement Bible and in this letter Fargason is thanking Warren for it.

At the time of writing, Warren has been detailed to the General Hospital in Frederick, Maryland and as was mentioned, Fargason is a prisoner on Johnson’s Island.

“I have also received the Bible which you were so kind to favor me with. It is a very neat book, and you may be assured I prize it very highly. I am under many obligations to you for your kindness, for I was entirely without any Bible or Testament. I shalt endeavor to preserve it and study its sacred pages and make it my guide and counselor. I shall also endeavor the more particular to preserve it as it came from you under such peculiar circumstances. I am 1st Lt. of Company D 14th Ala. Regt. My Regt. is in Wilcox’s Brigade, Anderson’s Division, A. P. Hill’s Corps.”

He goes on to state:

“I do not know that I have seen any of your Regt., though I have kept no memorandum and should I have seen them, it would have escaped my memory. State to me if there are any Alabamians in your Hospital and if any have died there. Should it ever be your misfortune to be captured, address me either at my Regt. at Richmond, Va., or at Mill Town Chambers County, Ala. I hope we will be exchanged soon. We are to be sent, I suppose, to Gen. Butler’s Department in a few days, though no one in prison knows nothing of what awaits them in the future. Write me soon and address as here to fore. Again I thank you for the Bible.

Respectfully Yours,
Thos. B. Fargason”

A remarkable piece of Civil War history.

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Johnson’s Island, Ohio
Jan 10th, 1864
Stephen Warren

Dear Sir:

                      I am in possession of yours of the 27th ult. And would have responded sooner, but I have been sick the past week. I am nearly well again and today proceed to answer. I have also received the Bible which you were so kind to favor me with. It is a very neat book, and you may be assured I prize it very highly. I am under many obligations to you for your kindness, for I was entirely without any Bible or Testament. I shalt endeavor to preserve it and study its sacred pages and make it my guide and counselor. I shall also endeavor the more particular to preserve it as it came from you under such peculiar circumstances. I am 1st Lt. of Company D 14th Ala. Regt. My Regt. is in Wilcox’s Brigade, Anderson’s Division, A. P. Hill’s Corps. I do not know that I have seen any of your Regt., though I have kept no memorandum and should I have seen them, it would have escaped my memory. State to me if there are any Alabamians in your Hospital and if any have died there. Should it ever be your misfortune to be captured, address me either at my Regt. at Richmond, Va., or at Mill Town Chambers County, Ala. I hope we will be exchanged soon. We are to be sent, I suppose, to Gen. Butler’s Department in a few days, though no one in prison knows nothing of what awaits them in the future. Write me soon and address as here to fore. Again I thank you for the Bible.

Respectfully Yours,
Thos. B. Fargason