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Letter signed Thomas Lewis, Vicksburg, to John and Elizabeth, July 13, 1863

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Identifier: D05584

Title: Letter signed Thomas Lewis, Vicksburg, to John and Elizabeth, July 13, 1863

Description:

Gives an account of the capture of Vicksburg on the Fourth of July.



Transcription: first page


Vicksburg July the 13th 1863


Dear Uncle and Aunt


I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I am yet a live and well and I hope this will find you in the enjoyment of the same Blesing it has been a long time since I rec. a letter from you I guess you have forgoten me. we are in Vicksburg now it surrendred on the glorious old fourth which makes that day dearer than ever. to the Amerrican People. we took 30.000 prisoners and a bout 100 pieces of artilery this is one of the most important Victories of the war. Port Hudson is also taken with 9000 prisoners it is raining to day and an the boys


second page


are all writing home when the sun shines it is so warm that it is almost impossible to writ or do any thing else I seen Henry Martin the day before yesterday they are in camp at Haines Bluff he was down here Newton and me wer together several times during the siege he has gone in pursuit of Johnson the last we heard from them they we at Jackson, Miss and skirmishing withe the rear of the rebel Army and they wer runing like turkeys I have nothing more of importance to write to you so I will close this is hoping to hear from you soon I re remain yours


ToN Lewis John and Elizabeth


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Pleas send me one dollars worth of Postage stamps send fifty cents worth at a time for I have no good way of keeping them


Co B 11th Ills Infantry

Via Cairo Ills

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Illinois

Dates: 1863-07-13

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Lewis, Thomas N.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Vicksburg (Miss.)
Siege, 1863
Armed Forces
Fourth of July
Holidays
Mississippi
Battles

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