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Reddin Wilcox, a 16 year old farmer born in Robeson County, NC. He enlisted 2/28/1862 at Robeson County, NC as a Private. On 4/10/1862 he mustered into “E” Co. NC 51st Infantry. He was listed as wounded 7/18/1863 Fort Wagner, SC. He returned 9/1/1863 to duty. He was listed as a POW 6/1/1864 at Cold Harbor, Va., then confined on 6/11/1864 at Point Lookout, MD. He was transferred to Elmira, NY 7/12/1864 where he remained until he died of disease 11/28/1864. He is buried at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY Confederate section grave #989.

Reddin Wilcox wrote to Miss Rosine M. Parmentier, leave Mr. E. Bayer, Tioga, Tioga Co., Penn. from the civil war prison, Elmira, NY on Sept. 12, 1864.

My Dear Miss Parmentier,

 Your kind note of the 7th was received, and I can assure you welcomed this morning. There sometimes occur moments in persons’ lives which they dwell with pleasure upon in after years; such a moment occurred in mine this morning, upon the perusal of yr. letter; it was so full of tender feeling and kindness that, it actually endeared me to you and yr. family: how could it have done otherwise ? unless addressed to one, dead to every touch of sentiment and feeling. I received a letter from aunt Ellen not long since, telling me that you were a very particular of hers, and desiring me to write to you. I had been intending to do so for some time, but procrastination became the thief of my time, and hence you have never heard from me. The articles which requested Mr. Muller to procure have not yet reached me, but I attribute it to the cause you propose. You are doubtless acquainted with Mrs. Ellen Leone of Brooklyn ? I received a most kind letter from her a few days since , stating that she hoped Genl Dix would allow her house to be my prison. I sincerely hope that she may be successful in procuring my parole, as I am not in the army yet, being only sixteen. My aunt Ellen will be but too glad to hear from you, her address is to the care of Wm E. Hinton, Petersburg, Va. for although she is not in the city at present, yet she receives her mail from there. Hoping this may reach you, believe me yr. true but unknown little friend, who about to forgot to send his kindest regards to yr. family, subscribes himself.

       R.B. Willcox,
                                                                Ward 20 leave Major H.Colt
                                                                       Prison Camp, Elmira, N.Y.

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