In this letter, Confederate Pvt. William Elisha Stoker outlined the Confederate defense of an important supply line to their garrison that defended Vicksburg, MS. The city of Richmond, LA was a major hub along a supply route directly linked with Vicksburg. Stoker’s regiment crossed Roundaway Bayou and briefly held the Union soldiers back until the last of the confederate supplies also crossed the bayou. Stoker stated that “the feds has ben threw hear and destroid every thing”: a reference to how the Union Army burned Confederate crops and towns in order to prevent any future use by the enemy. (By Shane Harding)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, June 17, 1863, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
Andrew Hyland, Dickinson College