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Leach, Charles H.
Age: 20, credited to Waterville, VT
Unit(s): 7th VT INF
Service: enl 12/2/61, m/i 2/12/62, SGT, Co. E, 7th VT INF, reen 2/18/64, red 3/10/64, pr SGT 6/4/64, pr 1SGT 3/21/65, comn Adjutant 12/13/65 (1/26/66), m/o 3/14/66 as 1SGT, Co. E
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Birth: abt 1841, Columbus, OH
Burial: Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 88543061
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/1/1893, IL; widow Mary L., 9/28/1923, IL; mother Orinda, 6/26/1889, IA
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Charles H. Leach
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: APRIL 8, 1862
OPPOSITE VICKSBURGH, ON BOARD THE MORNING LIGHT
JULY, 18, 1862
DEAR SISTER: --- It is some time since I have heard from you, and how lonesome it made me feel the 4th of July, when I thought where I was the last 4th, and what I was doing; but this 4th I had to put on my knapsack and equipment and take some men, and go on picket guard. No one can tell one year where he will be, or what he will be doing the next. All I hope is that I shall get out of this alive, and get home, and that Mother and you will be alive and well; for this soldier's life has learnt me a lesson I shall never forget, and done me good. There are only two-hundred and fifty men fit for duty in our regiment. There have been two deaths in our company. Elias Fletcher of Belvidere and John Emmons of Huntington. Our Captain has been very sick, but is getting a little better. I just got pack from picket guard last night. Today is Sunday, and Oh, how I should like to be at home, and see you and Mother, if it was only for one minute, to see how you were getting along.
We left Baton Rouge the 19th of June, on the Morning Light, with the rest of the fleet, consisted of the following steamers; Louisiana Belle, on board of which is Brigadier General Williams, Commander of the expedition; Lawrell Hill, Iberville, Sallie Robinson, Diana Burton, Ceres, Morning Light, Algerine, Bark Sea Bird a Store Ship, towed by the Lawrel Hill, Motar Boat. The Sea Bird was towed by Iberville, and convoyed by Flag Ship, Hartford, and U.S. Gun Boat No. 6, named Rinola. They had the following regiments on board; 4th Wisconsin, 7th Vermont, 9th Connecticut, 30th Massachusetts and Captain Everett's and Nimm's Batteries. Al Elis Cliff's our gun boats had been fired into several times by rebel batteries and it was determined that there should be landed some of our troops and attack them. The 9th Conn. and Nimm's Battery were landed, and marched all over there, but could not find them as they had got alarmed and left, as they generally do. We captured two of their men, and burned their encampment. We started at two the next morning, and a 10 o'clock we passed the Natchez, and at night stopped at a little village named St. Joseph. We left there the next morning about 4 o'clock, and went up Bayon Cierre, a small stream that runs back of Grand Gulf, so as to take the rebels, who held the batteries there, in the rear, and so capture their guns, so they could not trouble our shipping as it passed up and down the river; but they also got wind of our coming and left.
The 4th Wisconsin regiment captured a secesh flag, and burnt their camp, and took several fine horses and a number of prisoners, among whom is one of their picket who was left on post in their haste to get away. We then burned their town slick and clean, and then went up the river. We arrived here the next day. As we passed the Naval Fleet the sailors climbed the rigging and gave us three cheers, which were loudly responded to by our troops. We tied up to the bank about two miles from the city. The Naval Fleet came up and got their position, and commenced to shell the city, which replied once in a while. The batteries are so scattered that it is impossible to take the city without a large land force, which we have not got. They have from thirty to forty thousand men back of the city, commanded by Gen. Smith. They have twenty or thirty-five thousand more at Jackson, a distance of about 40 miles from the city, and connected by railroad. But to open the river, Gen. Williams is cutting a canal across the bend so as to make a cut off, and the city of Vicksburgh will be lift back out of range, and will be almost if not quite spoiled.
Comodore Davis has arrived on the other side of the point, and has fired a number of shells at their batteries. We have stopped shelling the city, and lay here waiting for troops to come from up the river, to assist us in taking the city. The talk is our regiment going up the river as soon as the place is taken, and then we shall be nearer home.
Co. F. 7th Vt. Regt.
Submitted by Deanna French.