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Collection Reference Number GLC03859.08
From Archive Folder Collection of Byron E. Churchill 
Title Byron Churchill to Drazilla Churchill reassuring her of his safety, mentioning the polluted water supply and commenting on two African American cooks
Date 21 September 1862
Author Churchill, Byron (fl. 1862-1900)  
Recipient Churchill, Drazilla  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Reassures his mother of his safety by confirming that his division has been successful in the area of Corinth, Mississippi. Discussing Confederate General Sterling Price, writes "Wee have give Genrel Prise Hell in Mississippi and tenn He was advancing on Corinth with 40,000 strong and Genrel Grant send out troops to Repulse him we drove them into a corner whare thare lay Now with a large swamp on too sides of them and our Forses ar belting the led." Reports that his brigade is guarding a railroad, thus have not yet taken part in combat. States that his captain is very ill in a Corinth hospital, and that a recent rainstorm made the local water supply unfit to drink. Remarks on African Americans in camp: "mother the nigers are As thik trees in this Camp As hare on a dag wee have- Got, 2 nigers cooking for the Company they are as black And greesy as a swill baril." Encourages his mother to send him letters frequently. Written in pencil.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Soldier's Letter  Infantry  Battle  Union General  Confederate General or Leader  Confederate States of America  Military Provisions  Health and Medical  Hospital  Railroad  African American History  Contrabands  Military Camp  Children and Family  
People Churchill, Byron (fl. 1862-1900)  Churchill, Drazilla (fl. 1862-1865)  Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885)  
Place written Chewalla, Tennessee
Theme The American Civil War; African Americans
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Recipient Relationship Mother  
Civil War: Theater of War Main Western Theater  
Civil War: Unit 15th Michigan Infantry, A company