In this letter to his parents, Evans writes that it is not likely that he will return home even accounting for his illness. Evans writes that it would be discouraging to others in his unit if he left in "a time of their greatest need." He also predicts that he will not be able to return the body of a soldier named Summer to Ohio and that the current burial site will be overtaken by the Mississippi if it continues to rise. Evans notes that he has not money, but is doing well nonetheless.
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his parents from Youngs Point, February 22, 1863" (1863). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence. 46.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_04_01_18630222)