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Redington, Edward S. / Papers, 1862-1867
Wis Mss EQ, Folder 2 ([unpublished])

[Transcribed letter from Edward Redington to his wife, Mary: Yazoo River, March 16, 1863],   pp. 73-76

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Yazoo River, March 16, 1863.
Dear Mary:
When I last wrote you I was at Helena with the Commissary
stores. I left there Wednesday evening and had a very pleas-
ant trip back to the fleet, making the run in three days. I
found the country in a ferment along the river and had my men
night and day with arms in their hands ready for an attack.
There were men to be seen at all times riding ready to break
their necks, and parties of three or four collected around every
point, but were not fired at as they kept clear of the shore.
When within about twenty miles of the fleet we began to hear
heavy guns being fired in rapid succession, and crowded on all
the steam we could (the boys cut rails with a will then).
We reached the fleet at five o'clock, too late to see the
fun for that day. Sunday everything was quiet as we were
occupied in getting ready to place some heavy guns on the land
that would command the fort.
The fight commenced on Friday between the gunboats Chili-
cothe and Baron De Kalb, replied to by two batteries of heavy
rifled guns of from 6 1/2 to 8 inch bore using conical shot
and shell. They served well and in an hour there were 700
shots fired on both sides. The boats drew off as the Chili-
cothe received 36 shot, and a shell having struck one of-her
guns on the muzzle just as they were loading it, and in exploding
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