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Letter signed John N. Moulton, camp on Big Black River [Mississippi], to unknown recipient, August 5, 1863

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Identifier: D05567

Title: Letter signed John N. Moulton, camp on Big Black River [Mississippi], to unknown recipient, August 5, 1863


Gives an account of the movements of his regiment.

Transcription: Page 117

Camp on Big Black River

August 5 1863

My Dear sister yours of the 29 is before me I was very glad to hear from home once again. we are busy most of the time and a private Soldier has Little time to write — the Last letter from home you was during the Siege of vickburg[Vicksburg] I will give you a short sketch of my Employment the 2d of April we started for greenville and the deer creek county we was one month Skirmishing and Marching through that county when we returned to Miliken Bend[Milliken’s Bend], on the 2c day of may we started for grand gulf and Marched evry day till we took Jackson. Miss. on the 14’ of May. we staid there at work for 2 days and nights — and then started double quick for vickburg[Vicksburg], drove in the enemies outposts on the evening of the 18’ and kept skirmishing with them most of the night and drove them into their strong hold the morning of the 19H and commenced preparing to storm their works the 4 Iowa and 26 Iowa made the Atempt to charge their works the evening of the 19,H but more repulsed, on the 22 the grand charge was made and we were

continued on page 181 118

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repulsed again and then commenced the work of a Siege, which is very hard on men the siege Lasted forty Seven days. when the Rebs on the 4 day of July came out and stacked their arms. and piled their colors on top. they was are a mean Looking Let taking them as a crowd. but I suppose they had a rest while the waited to tire us out, we started on the same night at midnight after Johnson and made him tot[?] to Jackson where he was fortified very strong we worked ovr him 8 days and then he Left there in the night and we was mortar[?] of the capital; again; we Rested 12 hours and my division started in persuit of him and got as far as Brandon and formd a heavy cavalry force Ready to Recive us. we pitched into them and that night we stayed in Brandon, next day we tore up the Railroad and Started Back we have just got here and are injoying the first rest and only rest we have had for 4 I am Stout and hearty yet Some of the boys are getting furloughs home I would Like to see you all the Best in the world. but must wait, evr yours goodbye

John N Moulton Ca G 4H Iowa Regt

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Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1863-08-05

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Moulton, John Newton

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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