Libby Prison (hospital),
Richmond, August 28, 1864.
Dear Mother, — I was sent here from Danville on Friday night. Traveled all night. I arrived here yesterday morning; went to see Colonel Ould. I am “to be sent North by first flag of truce boat,” so I hope I may reach home before this letter does. I am still very feeble and shall not be fit for duty for several months. Nor then for active field duty. I am very well treated here;1 as Colonel Ould said to me, “Libby is not half so bad as it has been represented.”
Hoping to see you soon,
I am ever your affectionate son,
W. F. Bartlett,
Brigadier General U. S. A.
1 He told his mother afterwards that the statement as to good treatment was inserted to meet the contingency of the opening of his letter.
SOURCE: Francis Winthrop Palfrey, Memoir of William Francis Bartlett, p. 132