A Chapter on Prison Life: Experiences of a Confederate Private in a Federal War Prison. John O. Crown.

A Chapter on Prison Life: Experiences of a Confederate Private in a Federal War Prison.

n.p. For the Author, Ca. 1912. Wraps tied at top with a red silk bow. Unusual! Overall VG. / No Jacket. Item #153

This work is dedicated to the J.E.B. Stuart, Camp 24, Confederate Veterans. John was 24 when he enlisted as a private in the 35th VA Battalion Cavalry, Company B, on 9/15/1862. This is the famed "Comanches." It was part of Ashby's Cavalry, then the Laurel Brigade where it served under Stonewall Jackson in the Valley. They were one of the first units to enter Gettysburg when Early passed through in late June, 1863.The Loudon Rangers were the nemesis of this unit.

Crown's enlistment is dated from 9/15/1862 at Woodgrove, Loudon County, VA. Date at place of discharge not known. He was listed as a POW on 9/15/1863 at an unknown place. He was transferred to Fort McHenry on 9/25/1863 and further to Point Lookout on 11/1/1863. He was exchanged on 9/18/1864. He entered Wayside Hospital, Richmond on 10/8/1864 and later transferred to Chimborazo on 10/9/1864. He was paroled at Harper’s Ferry on 5/15/1865. John was described as being 5’8” tall, with a dark complexion, dark eyes and dark hair. He was born in 1838 and died in 1889.


Unpaginated. Approximately 20 pages total. John was unable to finish his narrative due to poor health. His wife prepared this little wrappers for his CV unit, has to be extremely rare.

Price: $150.00