Camp 3 miles near of Vicksburg June 20th 1863 My dear mother [This?] [and?] that I am safely with Will without one bit of trouble either I wrote [this?] from Memphis telling of our passing to that place. We were very fortunate there in finding a boat going out the next day. We went onboard and it was crowded with Officers & Paymasters among the rest was Genrl and staff - One of his Staff was an old 18th Iowa man - I had a long talk with the Genrl and found him very pleasant he was in citizen's dress & put on no airs whatever. He has relieved Genl. McClernand who is at-outs with Genl. Grant and is now on his way to Washington. Feeling very much abused. St. Helena [?] [?] put in charge of a Gunboat and convoyed to Lake Providence. There was but one lady onboard besides ourselves and is met with every attention. The Capt. of the Gun boat was introduced to us and he invited us to go onboard of his boat and showed us all over it then gave us a cordial invitation to tea which we accepted but before tea time it began to storm so hard and blow so that we could not go on board. We anchored
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