Click to enlarge – a paternal gr-grandfather, from the same county (Wells), served with this man in the 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.
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An excerpt follows:
April the 7, 1863
missispia we ar About Four Miels From black river in rear of Vicksburg and we had A big
batele on the First Day of May at Chickswa bluf and it was a harder Fite then the Shilow or
the Pea rig batele and the forty Seventh was in the hotest place in the batel the tride to flank
us and we had to Fite our way out The bales and Grape Flue round us as thick as hail and
we Fough all Day mor or Les the Last round we had we Fought Two ours and A half Stude
fine Fast as they bold the rebes had about Fifteen thousand Men and born out with About
Five thousand we wr Lyin in A very nice place
More on the history of the 47th can be found on this great website.