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Some Recollections of an Old Soldier, by Asa M. Piper, Company C, 62nd Regiment Alabama Volunteers:

Then we were charged by five lines of battle and captured on the evening of the 9th. On the 10th we were put on boats and started for Ship Island Prison where we landed on the 13th about eight o'clock a.m.

We were guaraded by negro troops, most of them being from the South. They cursed us and called us by all vulgar names they could think of, even calling us --------- and we had to take it or be shot. We had to carry woood on our shoulders from four to seven miles to cook our grub with. They fed us a quarter of a pound of salt horse and a half pint of yellow meal mush -- only one meal of this per day. On the morning of May 1st early, about daylight they began to load us on two dismounted gunboats, the Big Merrimack and the Little Merrimack and we traveled on these up to New Orleans and there we were put on smaller boats up to Vicksburg. There we landed about 9 o'clock a.m. on the 5th of May. There the good southern women and old men fed us all we could eat -- good grub too.

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