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SLUTTS PROBABLE POSITION. "...saw
the elephant?" also known as meeting the enemy in combat.
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in on a satellite image of the Arkansas Post. (keep
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Gen. McClernard, of
Illinois, who commanded the Union army, rode up in front of our company in
our line near enough for us to get a good look at him.
He seemed very kind and was dignified, making quite a military
appearance. He looked up and
down our line, and asked our captain: “Is this all the men you have?
When told it was, the General said: “You have killed as many of our men
as we have captured of yours.
January the 18th 1863
Dear father I take this oppertunity to in form you that am yet a lived I am not very well at present but I think i will soon be well. We left Heelena the 21th of last month and have been on the river ever since prety nare we went down to Vixburg they was about 69 thousand in the fleat we seen the elephant there we was down there several days and dun some prety hard fighting and come back up to Arkansas river and went up it about 39 miles to a fort up there and we
had a fight there
and we took 5 thousand
of prisnors there and alot
of there cannons and alot
of mules and alot of am-
unition our loss was not
many and the Rebel loss
was right smart
got one man killed in our
company an one wounded
Milton Fisher was the man
that got killed we didn't
make mutch off the rebels
Vicksburg our regiment
we are guarding the prisnors
we are taken them upto Santlouis
we are up as fur as memhpis
now I seen ~~Van(vast or fleet)at
memphis yesterday and he
was well and harty.
I ke Heaner at memphis is but I didn't git to see him ge was well I will tell you that I havent hurd from home fur about 2 months I would like to here frome home. Wyatt has had along sick spell but he is beter Heanson is sick the small pocks is going through out regiment i gess we will go back as soon as we git up there to St Louis I tell you we see ahard time I have wrote you sevrel letters but didn't git any answer - -
you write to me when
you git this letter if
you pleas tell epraim
I wrote him two letters
and he did not anser
them and i dont intend
to write to him till
he writes to me.
tell Harris to write to me
I havent drawed any
I must git this
time some more at
port sent but remen
ber Hearvey O Slutts
to Noah Slutts
Derect to St Louis Mos-
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"...saw the elephant?" also known as meeting the enemy in combat.
A letter from Hearvey Slutts to his father Noah Slutts written after The Battle of Arkansas Post, near memphis enroute to St Louis Mo. with approx five thousand confederate prisoners. Click and find out how close the letter matchs the historical account.
Thirty-fourth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
Slutts, Harvey J., age 20, nativity Ohio, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862. (Company C)
|Fisher, Milton, age 20, nativity Virginia, enlisted
Aug. 12, 1862, killed in action Jan. 11, 1863, Arkansas Post, AK.
|Van(vast or fleet)|
|I ke Heaner|
|Wyatt, Sacker, age 42, nativity Indiana, enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, discharged for disability May 12, 1863, Chicago, IL.|
|Hanson (Heanson in the above letter), James, age 36, nativity Ohio, enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, died of disease Jan. 25, 1863 on steamer "Sam Gaty" near St. Louis, MO|
|Early Van Buren Co IA Marriages Noah Slutts married Meek, Shirley on 7-5-1865|
|Noah Slutts on Ancestry.com|
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