In this letter to his father, Evans writes that his unit has been performing picket duty and that the town of Warrenton has been evacuated and General Grant is advancing upon Jackson, Mississippi. Thomas also notes rumors that Vicksburg is being evacuated, but warns they are just rumors. Evans is pleased with news of Union victories further east. He observes high morale amongst the Union wounded in Fort Gibson and blames the Copperheads for spreading dissent that will prolong the war. He writes about a unit of African American soldiers he encountered on a boat noting their health, but opining on their lack of education. Also on the boat were Confederate prisons, including a Colonel Humphreys, who shared his alcohol with those on board and, according to Evans, lied about the number of Confederate soldiers captured.
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his father from Perkens Plantation, May 16, 1863" (1863). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence. 65.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_05_01_02_18630516)