Prison Times (April 1865)

29 September 2022

New-to-me is this hand-made newspaper published in April 1865 by Confederate prisoners at Fort Delaware. Apparently it was the only edition and perhaps 3 or 4 copies survive. This one is online from New York Heritage, a project of the New York Historical Society.

I came upon this while looking into Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Curtright, 13th Georgia. He survived wounds at Kernstown, Sharpsburg, and the Wilderness, and was a prisoner at Ft Delaware after being captured at Winchester, VA in September 1864.

You can see his contribution to the newspaper in an advertisement in the right column of page one:

2 Responses to “Prison Times (April 1865)”

  1. My name is Mark Gehring says:

    I have an original document of the prison times I’m pretty sure it is an original I am looking to find out what it’s worth could you help me

  2. Brian says:

    Hi Mark,
    I’m sorry I have no idea what such a document might be worth, but you might contact the museum that has this copy, or consult your local historical society for leads.

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