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    [Siege of Vicksburg]. Don Pardee Autograph Letter Signed. Five pages, 7.75" x 12", Vicksburg, May 31, 1863. Writing to Lt. Col. J. H. Wilson, Asst. Inspector General of the Department of the Tennessee, Lt. Col. Don Pardee, 13th Army Corps, gives him an update on the conditions of the army as they lay siege to the city.

    He writes, in part: "For the past ten days the portion of this Army Corps...has been assisting in the siege of Vicksburg...The discipline of the troops engaged in the siege is as good as can be mantained [sic] among men who closely watch the enemy by day, and work in the trenches by night...Marauding has prevailed to a certain extent, but the stringent measures taken by the Maj. Genl...have stopped it as far as possible..." Of the state of the soldier's equipment: "...the arms, equipments, and accoutrements are in average condition...the clothing is 'much the worse for wear'...New supplies are imperatively needed." Of the officers and staff, he writes: "...they are generally men of capacity sufficient, and most of them reasonably well fitted..." and they are "...habitually prompt in obeying orders." The attention of the surgeons "...to the sick and wounded speaks well for their humanity and professional skill." The horses are "...mostly employed in scouting." "The artillery...," he says, "...is at present performing a very important part in operations against Vicksburg. Forty four pieces are in position behind earthworks." With regards to ammunition: "...there is on hand for small arms 100 rounds per gun quality not good... Of artillery ammunition there is about 120 round of shell and 40 rounds of solid shot and 40 rounds of grape and canister..." The heroism of the men in the Union army is evident by "The late assault upon the enemy's works..." and they are "...deserving of both promotion and reward." The city would remain under siege for another month before finally surrendering on July 4, 1863.

    Folds; spots of foxing and staining. Toning. Chipped edges. Housed in a green cloth over board chemise with slipcase quarter bound in green leather and green cloth with titles and decoration on the spine in gilt.


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