Waterhouse, Richard autographed letter/ Red River campaign
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Richard Waterhouse (1832-76), Brigadier General, CSA. Participated at Milliken's Bend (Louisiana), Mansfield, Pleasant Hill.

Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 2 pages, 4to., Camp Texas, La., Aug. 24th, 1863. Waterhouse writes to his wife Rose pertaining to the Red River campaign.

"...We are encamped at the same place from which I last wrote you and will in all probability remain here for one or two months unless the enemy should make a forward movement in this direction, which is not anticipated by many until there is sufficient water in Red River for the gun boat of the enemy to ascend the river. I learn from Capt. Allen of my regt. who is just back from the east side of the Mississippi that the enemy are fiting out an expedition for an attack on Mobile he also states that our defences are first rate at that place both by land and water and that Genl. Johnsons forces were in supporting distance and could be thrown into the city at the shortest notice. I feel confident in our ability to defend that place against any force they can bring to bear against it. I fear I will not be able to visit you soon as a great many officers from this Brigade are now about on leave and it will be very inconvenient for me to leave the command.  I would be very glad if you could come and stay a few weeks with me. If you can think you could stand a camp life in a tent but that is the way we would have to live ...If you should come bring but little baggage with you as it will be in your way a tin cup plate knife fork & spoon would be the best baggage to bring as such things are very scarce in my mess....Jackson Miss. was burnt to the ground...

Your affectionate Husband R. Waterhouse."

Reinforced fold splits, otherwise fine. Good content letter from a scarce general.

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Waterhouse, Richard autographed letter/ Red River campaign

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