Benjamin F. Boring Collection


Letter from Benjamin F. Boring
to William C. Jones

July 6, 1863

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   Camp at Tiffin Mis.  14 miles in rear of Vicksburg
                                     July 6" 1863
 W. C. Jones.
                       Lest I should not have
an opportunity again soon,  I will
this morning drop you a line, that you
may know I still live, and witnessed
the down fall of Vicksburg. the great
Rebel  Gibralter, which with its thirteen
Generals. 28,000 men with all their arms
both great and small  Surrendered
to us unconditionally on the morning
of the 4" of July the 87th aniversary of our
National American Independence.  All
praise to God, and a due reverence to
General Grant for this great
achievement.  The Prisoners are all
being Paroled and going to their homes.
I dont know where we are going-but
would not be surprised if we
was going to cooperate with Ranks
at Port Hudson.  Our mighty Army
is spreading out  The Programe is not



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yet closed.  Port Hudson is doomed to
the same fate of Vicksburg. if it has not
all ready shared it- Old Braxton Bragg
had better move his Head Quarter from
Chatanoga because we are going
to reinforce Rasucranes. cut off Johnson
and in fact clean out this department
of Davises Confederacy and restore
our Banner to Mississippi. Louisiana. Georgia
and Alabama.  These broad fields of flourish
ing corn- beans-peas-and potatoes planted
and cultivated for food for the Rebels
are now ours, And when Rebeldom comes
to reap their harvest, they will reap
the fruits of Ribellion-not the products
of the rich soil of those revolted States.
Bully for General Grant.  I have already
hollowed for him until my throat is
sore.  The copperheads had better begin
to hang their under Jaws for victory
and vengence is ours.  I will write you
no more this time Will- I wish I could
see you, I feel like taking you by
the hand and asking you how-do you feel.


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Tell Calahan to come down to Vicksburg
and you come with him- Port Hudson
will be taken by that time and if we
are not at Vicksburg come on down.
I want to see some body from home.
I am tired seeing Rebel Soldiers and
Rebel citazens.
                             Good day Will.
                                                    Yours [?}      

2d Brigade of Logans Divisions.
P.S. Hurrah! for General Grant and the 4" of July



  *Note to researcher:  This letter has been transcribed by Archives staff verbatim
as the words appear on the original written page.  The spacing, punctuation, and
capitalization are identical.  Words that are unclear have been enclosed in brackets.