John K. Ingle:

Union Letters


Two letters written by Private John K. Ingle shortly before he drowned in Mobile Bay on March 15, 1865. Private Ingle was mustered into Company K of the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery.


January 28, 1865 - to his parents (Vicksburg, Mississippi)

February 25, 1865 - to his father (New Orleans, Louisiana)


Vicksburgh, Miss

Jan 28, 1865

Dear Father and Mother,

Having a few minutes to spare I though I would write and let you know that I am all right & have had a good time coming down on the boat we landed in the famous city of Vicksburgh this morning it as a poor looking place hilly as you please I have been in one of the underground houses that the citizens of this place dug out time of the siege and I see some houses with the hind sides shot off I have seen where the gun boats have burnt the burley from off the plantations and where towns have been burned &c The weather is hot here I could go barefooted and not half try Contrabands are as thick as thick I could hire hundreds if I wanted them I have seen a good many negro soldiers they look sweet They put on a heap of style I have not the time to write much this time I just thought I would write and let you know that I am all right and tell you where I am I will leave here tonight I will write again when I get to the regiment Direct your letters to the 1st regt. heavy artillery Ind. Vol. New Orleans, La.

Nothing more at present


New Orleans La

Feb 25, 1865

Dear Father,

            I take the present opportunity to write you a few lines to let you know that I am enjoying the best of health.

            I expressed a box to you this morning containing two overcoats, one for your self and one for George and a few other notions I sent the box by Parkers Co, PARKER’S EXPRESS Company. You can go to Evansville and get it, as I sent it directed to Evansville

            I directed it to William Ingle Evansville, Ind.

            We expect to leave here in two or three days We have drawn dog tents. I will send you a picture of a dog tent. It is composed of two pieces of factory buttoned together and large enough to cover two men We carry it in our knapsacks.

            Large numbers of troops are coming down the river from Thomas’ Army no less than twenty five boatloads of troops have arrived here in the last day or two.

            Write soon and tell me all the news.

            Nothing more but remain as ever your affectionate son

John K Ingle Esqr.



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