Cpl. Lewis Bloodgood
Letters home while engaged in the Civil War, Jan. 1864 - May 1865
New Orleans, La.
Feb. 17th, 1865
Dear Ones at Home:
We arrived at this place last night and in good spirits. We are not
camped in New Orleans but right across the river from their in a place
called Algiers. I think it is the best country I ever saw. I never sw
anything south that looked any ways well until yesterday, but from Port
Hudson down I never saw the best in all my life. The farms run back from
the river about four miles just as level as a floor. The houses are
splendid while the farms are as neat as a parlor, full of evergreens and
orange trees loaded down with nice ripe oranges. In fact it looks like a
city all along the river. One cannot help being charmed. I think I have
been well paid for leaving Little Rock.
But to change the subject, as near as I can find out we are to move on
to Mobile from here. At least that is all the talk now, but it is hard
for a soldier to tell where he is going while he has Uncle Samuel to
deal with. As near as I can learn there has a force left this place for
Mobile. If we go we will be held as a reserve no doubt, but I had much
rather be in the advance where we could see some sport. I believe our
Regt. is sporting for a fight. I think the boys never were so anxious to
get at the rebs as now.
We stopped at Vicksburg about one hour. I will assure you that it is a
strong place. It would be impossible to take it unless the troops were
starved out. We could see where Grant dug the hills all over. They look
as thought they had been plowed. It is held now principally by Negro
troops as well as other places along the river. We were not allowed to
stop at other places, only at Baton Rouge and then it was dark. We
learned that the thirteenth battery and fourth Regt. were there.
Everything is cheaper now than they were at Little Rock, oranges five
cents apiece. I think we will live here.
I shall have to close for this time. Write soon to
Lewis E. Bloodgood
Letters generously shared by Creighton Lewis Bloodgood