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THE SIEGE OF VICKSBURG Fine content Union soldier's letter, 4pp. legal folio, Duck Post, June 16, 1862 in which Hospital Steward Pvt. Ichabod Frisbie of the 35th Iowa Regt., doubting the outcome of the conflict, writes his wife. In small part: "...There is hardly sufficient force here of those able to tend the sick and give them proper care. What is left here is the last end of the Divisions hospital and many are hard cases.. The deaths average about one a day. The prospects are that they will keep me here until they all die off or we are moved away...During the last two days and nights incessant firing has been kept up and heavy guns jar the ground here. The small artillery and musketry sound like the "cracking of thorns under a foot". This firing is in the rear of V[icksburg] and is from eight to fifteen miles distant..some suppose the rebels are being reinforced from without, while others conjecture the rebels are being reinforced from without, while others conjecture the rebels are all pressed for provisions and or endeavoring to break our lines and make their way out of their prison city...Should our Grand Army of the Mississippi march from Vicksburg flush with victory, no forces can be brought against it that would overcome it, but if disheartened with defeat, their own gigantic numbers would only be a burden to their commanders...There must be now in command of the Mississippi near 150,000 men - perhaps more...the band that attacked Millikens Bend and threatened this place - and burned not only every house in Richmond but every house between here and there...On Sunday morning last the quiet people of Duck's Post were considerably started by the sharp crak of musketry ...volley after volley of musketry continued...[we] concluded that a party of guerillas had attacked the hospital boat Nashville which was loaded with sick on the river just above us...the firing to the area of Vicksburg has been terrific all day, and just before noon a boat loaded with prisoners passed up the river, which indicates our forces have had some success...". Very good.
Estimate $ 400-500

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