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Frantz - McCauley family papers, Letter 1862 April 11 and 13

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2 We went on picket about a week ago & I tell you the shells bursted all around us, but nobody was hurt on our side. But Capt. Lane's company in our regt was deployed as skirmishers and they say that they caused several of the Enemy to bite the dust. We went on picket also last Monday (our regt & the 21st ) and didn't get back until yesterday. It commenced snowing, just before we started and snowed until yesterday morning, off & on. We suffered a good deal from cold. Mr. Dave Neff was to see us this morning. He lives about 30 miles from here. I asked him if the Militia got him. He said no. That the Ladies wouldn't agree for him to go. The News from the war is more encouraging now if it be true than it has for some time. We heard that Gen. Beauregard had gained a great victory at Corinth. Lieut. Persinger saw a man the other day, who had run the Blockade from Illinois. He says that 2/3 of Ills are as good secessionists as we are & that the North will collect their taxes in June - that they will refuse to pay it & break off from the Government. That fellow thinks that nearly all the North Western States will secede from the North in the course of time. He is a native of this county & I suppose he tells the truth.