July 16, 1863

July 16, 2013

One hundred fifty years ago, on July 16, 1863, Capt. Thomas Stevens of the 28th Wisconsin Infantry wrote home to his wife from Helena:

Once again it seems probable that the enemy of our free government is about to attack us here. Kirby Smith is reported to have crossed the White river, and has doubtless formed a junction with the defeated forces of Holmes ere this. If so they must have from 20,000 to 25,000 men, as Smith is said to have had at least 12,000 with him. There is some apprehension of an attack within 24 hours, and tonight I am ordered out with my company to guard a ravine leading into town from the west between batteries “A” and “B”. I hardly think the attack will be made as soon as tomorrow – I hope not, for Friday you may remember is my unlucky day – but we must be on the alert as our force here is small. It probably numbers full 500 less than it did on the 4th when we whipped them so badly…

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission


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