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Letter signed Sam M.K. [Samuel M. Kennard], Vicksburg, to his father, July 5, 1863

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Identifier: D05191

Title: Letter signed Sam M.K. [Samuel M. Kennard], Vicksburg, to his father, July 5, 1863

Description:

Gives his account of the Siege of Vicksburg.



Transcription: My Dear Father


Vicksburg has fallen and with it an army of 23000 men including sick and wounded. After having held our position in the trenches for 48 days we were compelled to surrender our provisions having been exausted. the last 3 days of the seige we at[ate] Mule meat, which I can assure you is almost equal to beef being very tender and juicy and if it was not for the name I[?] would just as have have it all the time, we have lived on 3/4 ration since we came into Vicksburg but we were willing to endure all hardships to insure our success. but our fate here is sealed The Officers and the men will be paroled and sent within our lines. I understand our division will be sent to Gergia[Georgia] if so I will try to see our relations Harry Kind Spot Brown nephew of Wayman and C P S Thompson who belonged to our church. were killed in the fight at Champion Hill G Foote nephew JB Alaxander was very severely wounded but he is getting well IKN[?] Harry Anderson Sam [word unclear] and Cary Hutchingson are all O.K.

I was in the Gun Boat fight at Grand Gulf the Battles of Port Gisbon Champion Hill Big Black Bridge and the Seige of Vicksburg and through the kindness of Providence have escaped unhurt.

Uncle P. left here a few days before the Army came in he took Aunt H with him they are now in Georgia. he left his business in charge of an agent about ‘XI’ thousand remain unused whether the Feds will confiscate it or not I do not know I have a check in my pocket for him which calls for XH thousand $, he has made lots of money treats me like a father Give my best love to Dn and Family Kiss all the girls for me. and for Mother Sis Brother and Yourself accept Bushells of love from your devoted son.


Sam M K


I have not time to write more


Vicksburg July 5th 1863

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1863-07-05

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Kennard, Samuel M., 1842-1916

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

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