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Letter signed Joseph A. Fardell, on board the steamer Iowa, to Mother and Father, January 3, 1863

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Identifier: D04894

Title: Letter signed Joseph A. Fardell, on board the steamer Iowa, to Mother and Father, January 3, 1863


Contains brief description of action in the Yazoo Pass Expedition.

Transcription: on board the steamer Iowa

Janery the 3th 1863

Dear Mother and father

it is With plesher that I take my pen in hand to address you a fu lines to let you know that I am yet in the land of the land of liveing and feel tolorable Well onley I am just recovering agane from a hard spell of sickness We left Memphis Dec the 20th We have been down here every cence and I have been unwell every cence untell now I Will give you a small idear of What has passed cence We Come down in the first place I Will try to give you a idear of the sise of our army the No of the steamboats is a bout 74 of Which is all Well loded with soulders Comissrys forage and soforth We have had a tolarable larg fight at this place as to the loss I Cant find out What it is the fight Commenced on the 28 of Dec Which lasted for too days up the yazoo river the Mouth of the yazoo river is 10 or 12 miles a bove vicksburg the fighting was a bout eight miles from the moth of the yazoo river on the back of vicksburgh[Vicksburg] there Was severl Charges made but we was repulced every time With hevvy loses but unnone by me What the loses ware as our reg Was not in the fight at all We Was Detaled to guard the fleet as We Was not drilled as Well as the most of the other Regt We are now laying in Milkins bend[Milliken’s Bend] at Millkinsville[Millikensville] abat abat 15 miles above the moth of yazoo Whare We landed last night We left the yazoo yesterday here Wateing for reinforcement I think but I doant know what the Motive is for stoping at this place unless that is it I Cant give you afull account of all that has passed Cence I saw you or Cence I rote to you last I think that I am a loyal man God forbid that I should be any thing elce but the Caus Will never prosper or Gods earth it is a speckleing War to make the officears and kill the privets the War is not Cared[Carried] on to make friends of the South but it is to imbiter every southern man aganest our nobel Country I have saw sights and wonders Cence I left home tha are burning every thing Whare tha go almost every privet dweling I have saw meny thousand dollars Worth burned Cence I left memphis Which has made enmys of friends Would it not have been better to have thretand them if tha did not Come back to the union that We Would do such but all is to Contrery the enemy instid of perswanion[persuading?] I Will drop the subject and leave it With you for the presant so I want you to give my best love to lora and dill Without fail and to all others that my inquier about me

so no more at presant I still remain your affection sun untell Deth

Joseph A. Fardell


131 Ill. Vol.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1863-01-03

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Fardell, Joseph A., -1914

Subjects: Steamboats
Civil War, 1861-1865
Yazoo River (Miss.)
Armed Forces


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