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(CIVIL WAR--OHIO.) Denius, Frank. A lively letter on the Vicksburg campaign and siege. Autograph Letter Signed to sister Sarah Denius Garber and brother-in-law Frank Garber. 4 pages, 8 x 5 inches, on one folding sheet; worn with slight loss of text and minor dampstaining, a few early pencil edits. "Near the breastworks of Vicksburg," 7 June 1863
Solomon Franklin Denius or Dennis (1844-1934) of Wayne, Noble County, Ohio was a private in Company G of the 78th Ohio Infantry. Here he describes his regiment's drive across Mississippi in the Vicksburg Campaign under General Grant, at the Battles of Raymond (where they gave the Rebs "a complete licking & made them go in a hurry"), Jackson ("whiped them & had the stars & stripes waving over their city before night"), and Champion Hill ("again repulsed them & sent them back the road they came"). He details the company's casualties, adding that "we lost some brave boys, but they lost more cowards." He concludes with the first assault in Vicksburg which began the siege: "We tried to charge their breastworks but was repulsed with a pretty heavy loss. This was foolishness, for to charge over their works can't be done, for it's been tried with scaling ladders 18 feet long & then we failed. But Vicksburg is as good as ours at any rate, for we have got them completely surrounded & there supplies cut off, so they will have to surrender some time. . . . Our cannon is shelling them all the time & our sharp shooters will hardly let them stick there heads up. . . . I say bully for old Grant. He is too sharp for old Pemberton & old Joe Johnson."
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