Rectangular paper pass reads, in part, “HEAD-QUARTERS DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS, / Memphis, Tenn, 22 June 1864. / Patrols will pass Col Wilkin / 9″ Minn Infty / through the city for three (3) days. / By Order of Brig. Gen’l R. P. BUCKLAND.” Colonel Alexander Wilkin was killed the following month in the Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi. Wilkin was the highest ranking officer from Minnesota to die in the war.
Partial transcription of the letter:
Clear and very warm[.] Marched along the River all forenoon[.] Excessively warm[.] Some men Sunstruck, Great numbers gave out & threw away their clothes &c,[.] Camped for the night in Sight of [M…e][.] Passed a very rich and beautiful Country, with nice houses Shade trees[…][.] Boys picked up chickens, pigs, eggs, milk, &c[.]
Took the cars for the prison camp and arrived at camp a bout two o clock[.] rained a bout half of the time[.] slept on the ground with out any blankets[.]