Camp 10 miles from Port Gibson on the road to Vicksburg
Tuesday May 4th 1863
Our Regt has at last smelled the breath of Battle I have thank god come off untouched I improve this my first opportunity Since then to write to you. & even now we not know when a mail will leave Camp but I will have my letter ready for the first one My last letter was written at Noulen's plantation on the 26th Ult. next day we march under a heavy rain nearly all the time 8 miles the Roads were so bad that we did not make that distance until 9 at night. Next day we started at one P.M. and marched to the River two miles distant our entire Div went on Board transports at Sundown & lay there most of the night About 10 0clock the officers of the Regt were Called up to meet the Col in the Cabin He told us that we wer to move down the River at 3 in the morning. that our own & Gen Carr's Divisions were to attack the Rebels in their entrenchments at Grand Gulf that we would land most probably under a heavy fire & carry the position at the point of the Bayonet I laid down again fully expecting that tomorrow we would See our first battle Our Boats started at 4 in the morning & Dropped Slowly down the River to within 3 miles of the Rebel batteries where they tied up to the La side Soon after our Gun Boats commenced moving into position
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