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UNION ASSAULT ON FORT PEMBERTON Good content Confederate soldier's letter, 4pp. 8vo., Fort Pemberton, Apr. 10, 1863 in which Pvt. Stephen A. Allen of Co, C, 8th Kentucky Mounted Infy. writes a friend. In part: "...They didn't give us Infantry but little chance to show our fighting qualities we only get into slight skirmishes the artillery had nearly all the fighting to do, they tried to flank us on the left wing that is down the river but they got some of their men killed and others sunk in the swamp so they had to git for their boats and then they got to their boats they had to Skedadle up the river, their best gunboats (the Chilicothe and DeKalb) were so badly crippled that that they had to be send to Memphis to be repaired..". Some soiling, else very good. Allen would be twice captured: one at Fort Donelson on Feb. 16, 1862 and later exchanged at Vicksburg, and again at Champion Hill on May 16, 1863, held at Fort Delaware and Point Lookout, and finally paroled on Jan. 10, 1864. The Yazoo Pass Expedition occurred in Mississippi during February and March 1863, as part of an effort by General Grant to capture Vicksburg. The Confederates had constructed Fort Pemberton, and sunk the Star of the West in the river channel as an obstruction. The fortifications were composed of seven tiers of cotton bales and eight feet of earth outside, with several heavy guns. The Chillicothe and Baron DeKalb, with the other ships of the Yazoo Pass Expedition behind, engaged Fort Pemberton. However, the river was so narrow that only two gunboats could attack at any one time and the area around the fort was so waterlogged that troops could not be landed. The expedition ultimately had to retire without achieving its purpose.
Estimate $ 400-600

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