Letter from Scott, James

Soldier: Scott, James
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 23rd Infantry
Home State: Wisconsin
Date Written: Wednesday, September 17th, 1862
Location: Dixie
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Commanders, Contraband, Daily Life, Negro Soldiers, On the March, Western Theater

Dear Sister,

We are all landed safe in the land of Cotton. We got to Cincinnati yesterday morning about 6 o'clock and we staid at Cincinnati till 4 o'clock in the evening. Then we crossed over into Dixie and it is as rough a country as ever I saw. We marched about 3 miles south of the city and laid over for the night when we all rolled up in our blankets and slept good till morning for we had not slept much since we left Camp Randall Thursday noon. We have just stopped for dinner. We marched about 3 miles this morning & we will put up our tents where we are. We are inside the entrenchments. They have about 1,100 negroes to work in the trenches. They commence about four miles above the city and run about four miles out into the country and then down to some six miles below the city. They have cannon mounted and rifle pits all the way round. The report is now that the rebels are moving off south so I don't think there is danger of any fighting here. General Lew Wallace is in command here. He come out to see us today. He is a young looking man but a keen one. I will write in a few days again and let you know how to direct. For the present I will close.

Jas. Scott