In this letter to his father, Evans writes about the siege of Vicksburg, the use of Union artillery and gunboats against Vicksburg, and the morale of Union troops. He writes about a deceased Union soldier named Reuben Clark and an ill troop named Tom Sterling. He writes that his unit has been ordered to occupy a rifle pit. In an addition to the letter dated June 4, he notes that he spent the night in the rifle pit, predicts the eventual taking of Vicksburg by Union forces, and his negative opinion of the Copperheads near his home town.
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his father from camp near Vicksburg, June 3, 1863" (1863). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence. 67.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_05_04_18630603)