In this letter to his sister, Evans writes about that his unit is toward the rear of Union forces near Grand Gulf, Mississippi. He expects a battle soon and that Union forces are trying to stop railroad traffic between Jackson and Vicksburg. He also suggests that his sister might have need of hiring a private teacher and that, perhaps jokingly, she might want to hire a discharged Union veteran.
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his sister from Perkens Plantation, May 4, 1863" (1863). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence. 63.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_04_19_18630507)