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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Wis Mss EQ, Folder 2 ([unpublished])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 18, 1863],   pp. 77-79

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Yazoo River, March 18, 1863.
Dear Mary:
It is now nine o'clock and I have this moment learned that
there is a mail boat to leave in the morning and the mail has
to be on board at 10 o'clock tonight and I shall have time to
write but a few lines. When I last wrote we had just received
orders to make a reconnaissance on the other side of the river.
We went and after taking the usual military precaution, having
a gunboat see us safely landed and then throwing out skirmish-
ers, we proceeded cautiously through the tall timber and came
for about two miles to the old field extending to the river.
Below the fort we lay down behind the fence and sent forward
our skirmishers, who went through to the river finding no trace
of an enemy, so we all marched back to the river, took the
boat, and came back to camp, making another of our famous march-
es up the hill and then down again without seeing an enemy.
The gunboats have been idle all day and from all I can see
are likely to remain so: they are either afraid or dare not, I
cannot tell which; and all the time the enemy are mounting more
guns and massing more men. They can bring any amount of troops
from the East or West by rail to within forty miles and then
down the Tallahatchie River, entirely away from all fear of our
interruption. I have no doubt at all that the first day we were
here but we could have taken the place in six hours and now I
very much doubt whether we can take it with the force we have
here. If I had command: I would put the two ironclads ahead
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