17 July 1863 Vicksburg Soldier's Letter (vicksburg Campaign)
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17 July 1863 Vicksburg Soldier's Letter (vicksburg Campaign):
July 17th, 1863
My dear Sister Vickie,
It is a long time since I have written to you but I assure that you are not forgotten by me but you know last winter Phebe had weak eyes and she could not write so I am trying to make it up with her but after this I will try and answer every one of them. My health is not very good. I have the fever every two or three days. The only way I can stop it is to dope down the quinine and that is enough to kill anyone.
Nothing of local importance has transpired since I wrote you last. Our men have improved the city very much since we came here. General Sherman is having a hard fight out at Jackson. They have been fighting four days and old Johnson holds his ground yet. Our loss is very heavy. One of our Generals made a charge without orders and he lost nearly half of his division. His men were mowed down like grass. This poor fool was General Lauman. He was immediately relieved from his command and put under arrest. The old 66th is standing her ground in the fight. I do not know how many they have lost in the last battle. This makes nine fights the 55th have been engaged in. I feel proud to say that I belong to the 55th Ills, Vols. for they are highly spoken of all through Grant’s army.
We are going to Memphis as soon as we can get our business fixed up here. I think we will go within a week. Did Mother get the note I sent her and another little thing. Ask Father if Mr. Windslow paid that note I left with. Mr. Doan tell Joe I have a life preserver that I confiscated here I am going to send home when I get to Memphis. Also a Miss Leeshi’s Cookery Book for you and several other books. When you write tell what coffee & sugar is worth now. How does the mustard in front of the house look Vic? I am going up town this afternoon to see some young gals. By the way, Vic, do you know Mariah Mygatt that used to live in Kenosha & I think she went to school in our district once? I saw Mr. Mygatt yesterday. He says she is teaching school out in the county about seven miles. I never thought of seeing Kenosha friends in Vicksburg. They lived in a cave dug in the bank during the siege. I am getting along finely in the Ord. Dep. You must write often & I will do the same. Give my love to all the folks and a cordial portion to yourself and never forget your absent brother,
I. G, Bishop
P.S. Last night in sleeps delightful land,
We sat together, hand in hand.
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