Tag Archives: Siege of Vicksburg

23 June 1863: “Glorious news this morning from Vicksburg. Grant has been driven off …”

Item description: Letter, dated 23 June 1863, from John A. Ramsay to an unidentified recipient.  In this letter Ramsay discusses troop movements in Virginia and injuries from the Battle of Brandy Station, as well as news from the Battle of … Continue reading

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11 June 1863: “…News from all quarters is that desertion is progressing to an alarming extent and disloyalty is every where increasing and growing bolder”

Item description: In this diary entry of 11 June 1863, David Schenck (1835-1902),  who during the war held the post of receiver in Lincoln County, N.C., under the Sequestration Act, confided his doubts about the Confederacy’s chances for success. Not … Continue reading

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3 June 1863: “Jo took deliberate aim and there was one rebel less to contend against.”

Item description: This letter, dated 3 June 1863, was written by A.J. Withrow to his wife in Iowa. Withrow is a part of the tightening Union ring around Vicksburg, Mississippi, and he describes the pressure being applied to the Confederate … Continue reading

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