Four manuscripts, 18 May 61 - 27 February 1865, added to the papers of Confederate soldier and United States Representative Samuel Dibble (1837-1913) include a Confederate military pass, 18 May 61, signed by R.S. Duryea, Charleston, authorizing “Mr. Dibble & Son...to visit Morris Island tomorrow for the purpose of visiting his Son Sam[ue]l Dibble of the Edisto Rifles & return same day.”
Among two Civil War letters included is that written by Dibble from Camp Stono, 6 September 1862, and addressed to “My dear brother.” It provides a candid assessment of the soldier’s wartime resolve—“Right heartily do I wish that I were now in Virginia, or anywhere else out of the State, where I could at least see the world and ‘shove along, keep moving.’ Still more cordially do I desire this war to close; for I confess my military ardor is much cooled down, and I do not feel that enthusiasm which once possessed me in regard to the ‘pomp and circumstances of glorious war.’ The routine of camp is tedious and tiresome. I long to be a peaceful citizen, and argue the knotty cause at the forum, splurge on the stump, or even shake the rod of correction over the unappreciating youngster in a rustic temple of Minerva.”
Dibble acknowledged that the conflict was far from an end. “Dream not of peace,” he wrote, for “we have yet to see and feel the worst of war. The veracity of the Death King has not yet been sated with bloody banquets. 1863 will close upon the war still raging. So I prophesy, and I believe I am right in my prognostications.”
A second letter, 27 February 1865, “In Hatteras Inlet on board Tonawanda,” apprises Dibble’s wife that he was once again a prisoner of war, assures her of his personal safety, names other prisoners of war with him, and asks that she communicate with their families if possible. A member of the Twenty-fifth South Carolina Volunteers (Edisto Rifles, Eutaw Regiment), Dibble was twice a prisoner of war, imprisoned first at Johnson’s Island and later at Ft. Delaware.