|Collection||Pearce Civil War Collection|
|Title||McCormack (Andrew) Papers, 1863|
|Date||May 24, 1863|
|Dates of Creation||May 24, 1863|
|Scope & Content||One autographed letter from Private Andrew McCormack to his parents and sisters, addressed from Yazoo Landing, Mississippi. In his letter dated May 24th, 1863, McCormack described the assault on Vicksburg mentioned above. His details reflect enough of the story to confirm this. Andrew McCormack's valor won him the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was issued on January 1, 1895. The citation given proclaimed "gallantry in the charge of the 'volunteer storming party.'" In opening the letter, McCormack stated that his regiment had been in another battle and that it was "one of the hardest battles that was ever fought but the Lord kept me in the hollow of his hand." He proceeded to describe several brushes with enemy fire. He then chronicled the march to Vicksburg, including the capture of approximately 7,000 Confederates and 70 artillery pieces. He then described in detail the action of the assaulting party's attack on a Confederate fort on May 22. He does not mention the fact that this party was composed entirely of volunteers. He concludes with the statement that General Grant "says he never will leave the place until he takes it. This would begin the siege of Vicksburg.|
|Finding Aids||Available in the archives or online at www.pearcecollections.us|
|Credit line||Pearce Civil War Collection|
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