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Letter (#7) from Cyrus Anderson, Private, Co. I, 16th OVI,
to Charlotte Scott McCormick
near Vicksburg, Mississippi
July 5, 1863
Web Author's Notes:
The following letter was transcribed from the original letters of William McCormick, a private in the 16th OVI. This transcription was kindly provided by Joni Crane, 3rd great-grandaughter of Private McCormick. The McCormick family passed these letters down through the years until they were acquired from Alice Armstrong (McCormick) by her grandson, David A. Hilliard. The letters were donated to the United States Library of Congress, Rare Manuscripts Division, with copies retained by the family. Please go to the McCormick Letter Index page to read an introduction by Joni Crane.

This letter is from a friend and comrade of William's, Pvt. Cyrus Anderson, who takes on the sad duty of informing Lottie McCormick of her husband's death, having been killed while erecting fortifications on the siege line at Vicksburg, only a few hours earlier.

Pvt. William McCormick Wife Charlotte (Lottie), children Clara Jane, John Bechtel Pvt. Cyrus B. Anderson

Pvt. William McCormick

Wife Charlotte (Lottie), children Clara Jane & John Bechtel

Pvt. Cyrus B. Anderson

Rear of Vicksburg, Mississippi
July 5th, 1863

Mrs. Lottie McCormick,

Your note of June 21 has just come to hand and I will reply to your inquiries without delay - Your husband - Madam, is interred on a beautiful knoll on the south side of the main road - two miles east of Vicksburg or not far from the "two mile bridge" on the Vicksburg and Jackson Railroad, Warren County, Mississippi.

He was buried decently - had a good coffin, which "by the way" is more than can be said of most others who fell in Rear of this Rebel City.

William, as I have said in my first note, had many friends - was esteemed by all his associates. He of course had his faults as most others do but they were few and I think they deserved ones pity more than censure. I have been acquainted with your husband for several years - always agreed very well together except on "political questions", men you know will differ.

You wished to know how William had enjoyed himself - well his health had not been very good for over a month which dispirited him to a certain extent, but at the time of his death he had almost entirely regained his wonted vigor both of body and mind.

I am none of those who believe in foreordination, but I must acknowledge that there was something strange connected with William's death.

On the evening of June first we had eaten supper and were about starting to work when William remarked to us, his messmates, that he felt a strange fear in going up there to work, that he was almost certain of being shot. We advised him not to go, but he replied that if he did not go, he would be accused by the commanding officer of playing off, he therefore went and you know the sequel. It seems from this that he had a strange and unaccountable foreboding or presentment that he was to die.

Fearing that your patience is already wearing, I must hasten to conclude, I am happy to announce to you the glad tidings that Vicksburg is at last ours. The enemy surrendered yesterday about noon. The victory is a glorious one, but dearly bought. The greater part of our army are now on the way to Jackson to meet Johnson's forces. Our troops are all in fine spirits.

With great respect I remain

Cyrus B. Anderson

P.S. If Marion H. Dodd still lives in Fredericksburg, please give him my regards - tell him I am well.

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