Saturday Night, August 15, 1863

Camp on the Big Black River, Near Vicksburg, Mississippi

Ellen arrived at camp tonight escorted by Colonel John Rawlins, Grant’s adjutant. She brought Minnie, Lizzie, Willy and Tommy with her. We are all happy and excited to be together. Ellen and I will reside in two large hospital tents that are not in use. Minnie and Lizzie have their own tent next to ours and Tommy and Willy are off to stay with Uncle Charley in camp. Ellen was quite pleased to learn that I had been promoted by Congress as a Brigadier General in the regular army.

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