In this letter to his parents, Evans writes about his observations of fighting near Vicksburg. He describes an assault by General Morgan L. Smith's Division upon Confederate troops. He describes wounded soldiers returning from the front and advancements by his unit, fatigue among troops, Confederate entrenchments, and a quiet late night retreat to the Mississippi River. He ends the letter writing about illness spreading among his unit and low morale.
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his parents from on board the Hiawatha a few miles above Vicksburg, January 4, 1863" (1863). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence. 35.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_03_07_18630104)