Partial transcription of the letter:
Vicksburg, March 10, 1864.
My Dear Father,
[…] Another expedition is now being fitted up, this time for the Red River. […]But now again we have six guns, having turned over our old James rifles and obtained 4 Rodman guns, new, neat, and handy. They are better than the others, especially at long distances, doing good shooting at 6,500 yards. The expedition to Meridian did immense damage to the enemy. Cattle, mules, horses, and many negroes were brought in. At Canton 21 locomotives were destroyed. The soldiers tell us that they saw Generals Sherman and Leggett, with coats off, and sledge-hammer in hand, working like the privates; and laughing heartily when they succeeded in punching a hole through a boiler or smashing a flange off from a wheel!
Your loving son,
Citation: March 10, 1864, Letter from William Christie to his father James, Civil War correspondence, May 1863-February 1864. James C. Christie and Family Papers, 1823-1849. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1282 box 41]