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W.P. McCollum, Abbersville, Mississippi, to "Sister"

McCollum is working on building breastworks and writes that the army might establish winter camp at their present location, although the "movement of this army is as uncertain as the wind." He thinks General Earl Van Dorn "is at a loss to know What to do." The army is fortifying eighty miles up and down Tipper Creek and subsisting off poor rations. Arnold-McCollum family papers