|Source: NMHS Newsletter Aug 1987
A CIVIL WAR LETTER
The following is a letter written
during the Civil War by a local soldier.
It has been typed exactly as it was hand written,
including misspelled words.
Letters in brackets have been added by this
editor to help in understanding the writer’s meaning.
There was very little punctuation or capital
Where the writer did use capital letters, they
are typed that way.
It is hoped that the meaning of the letter has
not been misinterpreted.
Special thanks to Judy Scheerer for the loan of
In Rear of VicksBurg
June 5th, 1863
Mr. John B. Tyer
My old friend,
John having read the letter you
sent directed to Ed or myself and having enterogated Ed
this evening to know w(h)ether he had answered your
letter or not he told me he had not.
I concluded to penn a few lines to you myself and
in the first place I will say to you Ed’s health was
never better in his life and my health is firstrate
although I feel as though I needed some rest for I (am)
pretty well wore out.
I assure you as I have b(e)en on the go for the
last four months nearly all the time and have had but
very little help from either of my Sgts. And for nearly
two months now atall during all of our hard marching,
hard working hand fair and most thundering hand fighting
mixed in thick and fast.
I will not pretend to give you any full account
of any of our fights at this time as I have no time for
letter writing but will just say I have no anxiety to
get another as warm place as the fight at Champion
got off well however with my company having but eleven
killed and wounded, a list of which will be published in
the Wabash paper.
We are at this time engaged in the siege against
the Southern Gibralter, namely VicksBurg.
How much long it will last I can(n)ot say, but
think not long as they are entirely surrounded and in
short we have got them where Cale had the Hen, so it
(9s) only a question of time in the takeing of VicksBurg
and the entire Army.
John the world history has never recorded as many
victorys in so short a time as Grant’s Army has achieved
since we crossed the Mississippi at Grand Gulf on the 29th
of April ’63.
One victory after another has crowned our efforts
in rapped succession although some of them (were) pretty
John if you can dry up the butternuts in the
north this war will soon end.
O that a speedy retribution may await them for
their hell deserving conduct.
They are the most lothsome, depraved and degraded
of all beings on God’s footstool.
Not was they a place amongst good people.
John I would like to write you a long letter but
have not time to do so at present.
I will say however I have not received the letter
you spoke of in Ed’s letter nor did Ed get his.
Ed receives his Wabash paper as regular as any of
mail was very uncertain
for a while.
We are getting mail matter more regular at this
The sign and wounded from Indiana
are all being sent up the river at this time which will
save a many a brave boy’s life as this warm country is a
bad place for a wounded man.
John just as soon as VicksBurg is ours and we get
into camp all qu(i)et-I am comeing home and will fetch
Ed with me and then I will tell you some long yarns.
Sure give my love to all enquireing friends.
With respect, I remain your old friend.
Jas. R. Bruner