Tuesday, April 14, 1863

Camp Near Vicksburg

I am getting my divisions ready to move once the time comes.

Admiral Porter’s gunboat fleet lies just off the bank near the mouth of the Yazoo River. There, dense forest comes down to the water’s edge. Swamps prevent enemy spies from viewing the preparations from land. As much as possible we have concealed our intentions from the enemy and the newspapers. The enemy has tried to spy from the River, paddling out from Vicksburg under flag of truce, but they can see nothing from there and we currently prevent all traffic from moving on this part of the River.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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