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Letter from a Union Soldier
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The mortar boats sent in send their big shells into the air and dropping them around loose among them where bursting they make terrible havoc among the Rebs in that part of the town.

We have been looking for old Johnson to be in our rear with a large force to make us relieve Vicksburg from our grasp. He has not made his appearance yet, and I think if he should come I think we can molly (undecipherable) him as Charlie used to say.

Our nigger's stationed at Young's Point and Milliken's Bend have just had a big fight at both places. A rebel force came in from the west of the river and marched upon them in three divisions of a brigade each - one upon Young's Point, one on Milliken's Bend, and one at a point between the two to reinforce either as might be required. They attacked the force of Negroes at Milliken's Bend with about an equal force in numbers and in first onset sent our Negro soldiers flying to the river in bad disorder. The Officers rallied them at the river's edge however, and, protected by the levee, they gave the Rebs a warm reception. A terrible fight ensued in which about three hundred niggers - one half the whole force - was either killed or wounded.

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