In this letter to his parents, Evans writes that Union forces captured Spanish Fort, taking hundreds of Confederate prisoners and numerous pieces of artillery in the process. Evans describes the fort's defenses including the use of land mines, which Evans calls "torpedoes" and whose use he finds "barbarous." Evans also describes Union celebrations and losses and speculates the war's impending end based on what he has heard of General Sherman's progress.
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his parents near Blakely, Alabama, April 10, 1865" (1865). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence. 134.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_10_02_18650410)