Quilt dated 1862 from the Dutton-Steers families, Virginia
Belle Isle is an island in the river outside Richmond where Union
prisoners were housed in tents.
"October 21 1862.
Camp P? Prisoners Near Elexandery Virginia
My dear Grandmother. I write these few lines to you hoping it find you as well as ever. I am just recovering My health. 6 weeks ago I walked Anopilas streets Maryland with a cane. But now I throwed that a side and begin to look like my self. I had come from that enfurnal hole called Bellislands Richmond there was about five thousand in all. We was hardest looking lot of boys....
"We all got new clothes Blanketts and a'int had one in 2 months,
Each of these simple pieced quilts is dated 1862
A woman gave me a Bed Quilt the other day. The blanketts aint come yet a third of us is with out blankets. We seen hard times since we left york State. We get plenty to eat heare. What they going to do with [us] I dont now. We look like so many Criminals We took the oath not to take up arms against Southern Confedrancy....