Written from Confederate Prison in Tyler, Texas! William G. Braznell, a Brooklyn Member of the 84th & 5th Veteran New York Infantry Writes Home to his Wife
William Braznell enlisted on December 14th, 1863 in Brooklyn, New York into the famous “14th Brooklyn” (84th New York Infantry). He was in Company G. At the end of his enlistment on June 2nd, 1864 he transferred into Company B of the 5th New York Infantry.

According to Braznell’s letter that we are offering, he was captured “On the second days fight at Pleasant Hill”. He states that he has been a prisoner for 3 months and hopes to soon be exchanged. The letter is written on one sheet of brown Confederate paper, front and back. It is written in pencil and headed, “Tyler, Texas July 6th, 1864”.

According to the Harrison’s book on Prisoners’ Mail from the American Civil War, there are only 5 covers known. He does not state the number of known letters, but this is the only example that we have ever seen or heard of. Condition is overall good with a couple small holes. The heading is a bit light, but readable and the body of the letter nice and dark. A rare opportunity to own a letter from this Confederate prison.

While Braznell was exchanged and went back to his regiment he was wounded in the last major battle of the war at Five Forks, Va. on April 1st, 1865 and died of his wounds on April 8th.

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