Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Reminiscences of the Civil War by William and Adelia Lyon.

July 1, 2012

Reminiscences of the Civil War, William and Adelia Lyon

To Mrs. Lyon.

Camp Clear Creek, Miss., July 1, 1862—We went to Danville, a little huddle of a dozen old houses, four miles south of this place, and the next day went five miles farther south to a small village, Rienzi, where our orders were countermanded, and we returned to Danville. Remained there over night, and came into camp this morning. I have learned that we started for Holly Springs, seventy miles west of here, but a force that preceded us found that we were not needed there, hence the countermand.

There is a rumor here that General Pope, who has been assigned to the command of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, is trying to get the Army of the Mississippi transferred to that section. The men all hope it is true and that he will succeed. I think the decisive fight must occur at Richmond, however, before we get there. I doubt whether there is any considerable force of the rebel troops in this section, and I do not expect any more fighting here this summer.

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