Discussion Gold Watch Presented to Officer at Andersonville Prison by the Prisoners

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John Hartwell

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2d Lt. S. F. Mayes, Co. E, 2nd Georgia Reserves: that regiment's only assignment was as guards at Andersonville, April 1864 to February 1865.

Sounds like a good man. In every stressful situation there are good men and bad, and they tend to behave in accordance with their individual characters, insofar as they are able. Lt. Mayes clearly showed an admirable degree of kindness that was, unfortunately not universal. Doubtless other Andersonville guards tried to do so as well -- others were less kindly. As conditions worsened in the fall and winter of 1864, I'm sure it became increasingly difficult for "the best threads of humanity" to manifest themselves, on both sides.
 
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I am confused, (nothing new according to the wife) but the letter is dated 9-20-1864.He states that he has been in the prison pen
for 11 months. That would make it Oct. of 1863 when he arrived. The pen was not built until Feb. of 1864....
 
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