Millikins' Bend La
9th Regt. La Vols.
May 7, 1863
I am well. The weather is remarkably fine the forests are
clothed in their full lining of green and all nature seems to
Business in the way recruiting is dull I do not believe we will
be able to fill the regiment until Vicksburgh is taken. I have
received no mail of any kind since I have left the 68th.
There are several officers including Col. Lieb now in front with
the army recruiting he may bring a goodly squad when he comes in
he has been absent about a week.
J.C. Banks, Joseph Longberry and Joshua Dicus ran the blockade at
Vicksburgh; and also Wm Barnhurt [?] he was one of the pilots.
They went through on the the steamer Empire City I believe. They
all volunteered. Brave boys! It was a hazardous task.
Part of our army is said to be in rear.