The letters in this collection were written during the Civil War by my great-great-grandfather Adj. William Beynon Phillips. On 30 July, 1864 William was captured at the Battle of the Crater and spent the final 8 months of the war as a prisoner at Columbia, S. C. Prior to his capture he participated in the monumental battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. These letters tell his story.
History of the Second Pennsylvania Provisional Heavy Artillery
by George Washington Ward