Prentiss Buie's Letter - 1867

Transcribed by Linda Durr Rudd

Wade was not the only slave owned by Prentiss' father, David Buie, who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Former slave George Thomas fought with the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry.

Oxford, Miss
June the 9th, 1867

Dear Father,

I received the express you sent me on the 1st. We are well at present hoping these lines may find you all enjoying the same blessings. I have no news to write to you as I never hear any up here. I saw an account in a newspaper which stated that they had better prospects for making a ? out in the eastern part of this state than they have had for several years back. I saw one of your freedmen yesterday that is Wade. He found out that we were up here and came in to see us. He seemed to be glad to see us. He said that he knew he had done wrong in going to the Yankees and that he had wished many a time that he has stayed at home. He said that he had been cutting wood down on the railroad about six miles below here ever since they were disbanded. We will get to come home the last of this month. We will be in Brookhaven on the 28th of the month. Please send conveyance out there for me and trunk. I must close as it is getting late.

Your obedient son,
Prentiss Buie


Buie Family Papers - Z/1115.000/S
Letter found at Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Mississippi Buie Death Index - 1912-1943

Remembering Their Names