Benjamin F. Boring Collection

Letter from Benjamin F. Boring
to William C. Jones

May 6, 1863

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                           Black River Mississippi   
                                            May 6th 1863 

Willie "C" Jones.
                 Dear Sir --I thought I would
write you a letter this evening that you
may know where I am what we are
doing [etc.?]  We have been on a long  chase
after the Secesh - we captured their fort
and all their cannon at Grand Gulf Miss.
and near  1000 prisoners. we are camped
now on Big Black River 15 miles from
the Gulf and 20 miles below Vicksburg.
Will”  I have sad news to tell you  two of
our Boys are badly wounded and I
fear will never get well.  John "H" Murphy
and James "H" Wright.  Murphy was shot
in the neck the ball came out just blow
his shoulder blade.  Wright was shot
through the thigh and through his privats.
They wer wounded on picket-Company D" was
detailed for Picket and Stationed  at a
Bridge across Black River a small stream
not much larger than Hutson creek we
wer on one side and the Rebels on the
other they fired on us after dark awhile
and the firing was kept up near all night



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the boys are both sent off to a Hospital
I wish they could be at home they
would be more likely to get well-If
Murphy dies I will loose one of the best
friends I ever had he is a good Soldier
and feels as near to me as if he was
a Brother.  The balance of the Boys are
well.  Our 2 are the only ones that has
been hurt in our Regt" during this
Campaign.  The Secesh have been [runing?]
from us ever since we [landed?] we
have kept close to their heels and have
killed and captured a great many of
them--We have a large fleet below
the Vicksburg  Blockade both of
[Gunboats?] and of Transports there is a
large Army here and it is not Idle--
I do not know how long we will
remain here or where we will go to
when we leave here--We have received
no mail for a long time there is
plenty of mail going out of Camp but
none comes in  I have not saw a letter
from home for some time I received a
2 letters from you while up at Miliken
Bend containing some stamps I am
much obliged for your favors and
hope some day to repay them all.


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Remember me to your friends and
believe me as ever
                                              B "F" Boring



  *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.