April 23, 1863
------Grierson’s Raid: The main column rides into the town of Philadelphia, Mississippi, near 10 o’clock at night. The Yankee horsemen stop for the night.
---Eldridge B. Platt, an artilleryman in the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery, writes home about army life:
April 23rd 1863
Dear Sister now I have got an opportunity I will write to you I got your leter Wednesday the 13th I am very glad to hear from you George and I enjoy good health and I hope you are the same. I should answerd your leter before but I have so much detale duty to do I could not get a chance I hant got much news to write we dont have very . . . . we have got some good weather finly but it is showery to do it will bring out the flowers like everything the peachtrees are all in full bloom they are bout the earliest flowers they is here I have ben off to see if I could find any flowers to send to you but i could not find any of any amount they will be some I think in a few days . . . . I dont think I dont think I am as fleshey as I was when I left home but I am fleshey enough now I have grown fleshey since George has ben cook I tell you he is a good one they could not put in a beter man in the batery. he says he likes it and they boys all like him we have plenty to eat and thats that is good for down here in the sunny south we had a beef stew for dinner and we are going to have aplesauce for super this morning I had some col boiled fresh beef . . . I went down to the river and ketched some fish and I fride them for breakfast so I had good breakfast yesterday we had some beef stake and boiled ptatoes and coffee so you see how we . . . . do you have very many scholars now do you practice much on the dulcermar do you work in the same room as you did when I was there I cant think of any more to write this time pleas excuse bad writing and mistakes good bye for for this time
from your Brother
E B Platt