Civil War Letter: WI 16th Meets 500 Rebels; Nearly Captured; Original Cover, Research

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4pp, 8" x 5", ALS, Frank P. Thompson, Lake Providence, GA, July 14th, 1863, writes to Amelia Grover of Dodge County, Wisconsin, with original cover. Thompson enlisted on November 1, 1861 and was mustered into "C" Co. Wisconsin 16th Infantry. The 16th saw service in many major battles, including the Battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Bentonville as well as the Vicksburg, Atlanta and Carolinas campaigns and March to the Sea. Comes with background on Thompson and the 16th.

"...We are having very warm weather at present. The most of the boys are sick. There is not hardly well men enough to take care of the boys buried within the last three weeks. But the boys that are in the hospital now are on the gain or at least most of them. The fevers are raging very high here now. The Rebs are getting fits all around the block lately...I am going home this fall or at least I want and I guess that all the boys that live to see six months, they will live to see the end of the rebellion. All Amelia, I wish you could help me eat this big watermelon that a Secesh gal gave me this afternoon. It is good and it tastes better I suppose than if I had bought it. All the girls around here are turning union. We have been here so long that they say we seem like brothers to them. I went out in the county the fourth and had a grand dinner with an old Planter's family. It seemed like home.

“There was three of us...and the other day we went out in the country and met with five hundred rebs, the first that we saw of them, they were half mile off and their skirmishers saw us and made for us and we started and ran us about eight miles. They hollowed halt to us several times but it was never kind of halting that we done at that time. I tell you we came to Providence and reported to the general and he sent out one regt of cavalry and they ran them back as fast as they ran us. They came very near catching us. They were mounted on horses and we was on mules..."

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