In Vicksburg July 4th 1863
My Dearest Little Hortense
Now you may clap your hands for Vicksburg is surely ours. The
place was surrendered this morning. A flag of truce was sent to
Grant yesterday morning asking what terms he would grant them if
they would surrender. He said to Gen Barnes they must surrender
unconditionally and gave them till 10 this morning to do it. So they
have hoisted the white flag on
evegy every fort and
our forces are marching in. I have been in. I tell you it is a
strong place. I do not know how many prisoners we have taken, but
all agree that there must be 30000 and lots of artilery (sic) and
rifles. It is a deaths(?) blow to the rebs in this quarter. I must
write a few words and give the good news to fathers folks. Good bye.
As ever your husband Kiss our dear children for me.
John M. Follett
I will write particulars on the 9th.
PS We expect to start for Jackson soon. Good bye Dearest,