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Folder 42 Camp on Hains Bloof, Miss. June the 2th 63
Respected friends it is with pleasure that I take my pen in hand to let you no that I am as well as comin I hope if this comes to hand it will find you well I received 5 letters yesterday 2 from you one from Mary one from Cousin William Dixon and one from Sarah Turner whitch I read with great pleasure the letter that I got from Wm said he Was well he had just received a letter from home he said thay was all well he is in the 89 Ohio he is in Tenesee We have binn going for the last month for certin this is the first chance I have had to right for a long time We expect to leave tomorow thay say the brigade is going on the boat and the teams is going by land We expect to go up the Ague? river after cattel and cotton and other stuff We have bin taking evry thing clean and we went since we have crossed the river We destroyed a great many cecess goods at Jackson our men is still shelling Vixburg I suppose you have heard of the great charge that was made on the cs fort it was a dear charge to our men We lost 2 ofs as good men as was in Co K and 4 wounded Adam Torance and Ely Sharp was killed dead on the field Danail Howard and Henry Roberds was mortely wounded Roberds lost one leg out of 4 sergents We lost 3 one killed and two wounded evry one thinks the cecess will give up in a few days thay are all most starved out thay have lost all thare men (mules?) and horses thay have starved to death Some of thare men have deserted and come to us thay say thay have bin on quarter rations for a long time our men have bin out on a scout to see if thay could see old Jonson and his men thay are in the rear of us While thay was out thay took 3 men that had bin sent from vixburg thay had orders in riting stating that our shelling had killed 71 weaman and if Jonson dident reinforce them in a short time thay would haft to give up Wee have them ? our men is on thre ? and our gun boats is on the other (end of letter)
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