Millikins Bend La
April 21st 1863
We are now recruiting for the Louisiana 9th We intend to go up
rive tomorrow on a steam boat with a squad of men in search of
recruits. Our Colonels' name is Herman Lieb (Lech) He was Major
of the 8th Ill. Vols. But has accepted a Colonelcy in this
regiment. The 68th is now about ten miles in the country
building a military road. Some two or three regiments are
employed at a time and rare then relieved. This road extends
from Millikins Bend to the Miss. River below Vicksburgh.
The 68th is now encamped near the Rail-Road which extends from
Vicksburgh toward Texas and upon which the rebels formerly no
doubt obtained vast supplies.
We expect the regiment back tomorrow.
You asked me to tell you the names of our Generals here. General
Grant commands the western army. General McPherson commands the
17th Army corps which consists of several Divisions and is the
one to which we belong. General John A. Logan commands our 3
Divisions which consists of 13 regiments. Col Legett of the 78th