Getting packages to POWs

February 27, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

monroe-letter.jpgToday we hear about packages going to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq with relatively few problems. In 1862, Eugenia Monroe wrote to General Wooll asking for his assitance in getting a package of clothing to her brother, Austin G. Monroe. Austin, of Norwich, served with the 2nd Infantry Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers, Rifle Co. B and was captured in the battle at Falls Church, Virginia. He was paroled a year later. Evidently the logistics of getting packages to prisoners was difficult even with the opposing parties in the same country.

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