Skip to content

1863 May 22: “I don’t think the Eastern army fights like the Western, or it would be more successful”

May 22, 2013

Edwin Levings, with the 12th Wisconsin Infantry, is in Grand Gulf, Mississippi.  This is the continuation of a letter he started on May 18 and already continued once, on May 21.  The original letters are in the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

[Grand Gulf, Miss.

Dear Parents,]

May 22nd, 1863.

I have not mailed this because no boat was here to go up the river and I fear you will think we are at Vicksburg and can not write.  It is by accident we are down here, the rest of our Division is fighting at Vicksburgh [sic].  We can get no news from there, other than that they are fighting as they never did before in the South-west. — The slaughter is awful on both sides, but our boys are beating them back and intend to have that place at all events.  They say if the army of the Potomac can’t take Richmond, they can take Vicksburg.  I don’t think the Eastern army fights like the Western, or it would be more successful.  The western soldiers will have to do the fighting of this war, I guess.  [paragraph break added]

For 20 days now, Grant’s army [Ulysses S. Grant] has had constant hard fighting and & [sic] this moment I can hear the heavy guns.  The soldiers understand well what would be the effect of giving up the struggle at this time & I think their perseverance will overcome the rebels — nothing else will.  [paragraph break added]

But I must go & put this in the office & now good bye from Edwin

 

Edwin Levings letter of May 22, 1863, from the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Edwin Levings letter of May 22, 1863, from the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: