In this letter to his sister, Evans writes that his regiment is preparing to travel to Vicksburg by boat along with thousand of other soldiers. He refers to a retreat by General Burnside and fears a prolonged war. In an addition to the letter written in the evening, he writes that his regiment is about to board a steamboat called the Hiawatha for Vicksburg and fears that a few of his comrades are near death. He notes 50 to 60 boats will carry troops toward Vicksburg and believes the sight will be "grand".
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his sister from Camp Elmwood, December 20, 1862" (1862). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence and Diary. 31.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_03_03_18621220)