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Letter signed David T. Massey, Alexandria, Tenn., to his father [Nathan Massey], March 20, 1864

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Identifier: D04552

Title: Letter signed David T. Massey, Alexandria, Tenn., to his father [Nathan Massey], March 20, 1864


Describes the fighting taking place around Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Transcription: Alaxandria[Alexandria] Lou.

March 20th / 64

Dear Father I sit down to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well at presant and that we are at at Alxanandria[Alexandria] on red river we started from Vicksburg on the 10th day of this month we got to the mouth of red river the evening of the 11th we laid there all night at 10 oclock A.M. next day we started up the stream untill we came to a [word unclear] by the name of [word unclear] we traveled down it about six mils when we landed staid there fore the night at six oclock A.M. in the morning we started out to fort [word unclear] 4 miles out but we when we got there they was all gone so we discharged the fort and went back to the boat and got some thing to eat at 4 P.M. we started to march we traveled 9 mils and stoped for the night at day light we next morning we started for fort [word unclear] the advance got there they found some rely there the 3rd Pride[?] Battery got position and opened fire on them the commanding men very heavy for one hour when the 3rd Division of the 16th Army Corps charge the works they made three brave charges before they surrendered at half past five oclock with 200 prisners and 10 pieces of Artillery 8 [two words unclear] and 2 field pieces our Division was not in the fight we was held back and camped on the ground where we was stoped at 8 oclock next morning we started to the boats they came up red river after one left them the gun boats did not do any fighting we have 8 gun boats and 3 mortars and 3 rams and a bout 10 thousand Inft. there is 2 Divisions of the 16th Army Corps and 1 of the 17th we started for Alaxandria[Alexandria] on the 16th at day light at 2 P.M. we landed here there was no rebs here they left the day befor we got here I dont know awhether we will go on further up or not there was 5,000 cavelry came in yesterday from Banks Army they say that Banks inft. is comeing up the river I herd that Gen. steal from Ark was agoing to meet us at [word unclear] fort that is where the rebs are I expect that we will have some hard fighting to do when we get up there if we go Father I will tell you how many was killed at fort [word unclear] we had 60 killed and wounded after we left there was 1 Brigg left from the 14th Army Corps to distroy and to blow up the works in blowing up the works there was 13 men killed and 30 wounded Well Father I have no more to write at presant your son until death

David T. Massey

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1864-03-20

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Massey, David T., -1864

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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