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Collection Title: Tiblier (Eugene) Letter

Collection Number: M77

Dates: November 1, 1863

Volume: 1 Letter

Provenance: Unknown.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Eugene Tiblier was born c.1841. His father was a native of France while his mother was from Alabama. He enlisted in Biloxi in Co. E. Third Mississippi Infantry of the Confederate Army on June 26, 1861. Tiblier was captured at the Big Black River in May 1863 and was exchanged two months later after a brief stay at Fort Delaware. He was part of Major General William W. Loring's regiment which from October 14-20, 1863, clashed with a Union reconnaissance from the Big Black River toward Canton, Mississippi. Although the Federals withdrew to Vicksburg around October 18, Loring's regiment remained in the Canton area to confirm the retreat. In early 1864, Tiblier deserted the Confederate Army at Meridian, Mississippi. He was later confined in a Union prison in New Orleans where he took the oath of allegiance on March 1, 1864. The Union prison records reveal that he was 5'8" with black hair and brown eyes.

After the war, he resided in Jackson County, Mississippi. The 1880 census reveals that he had a wife and young family and lists his occupation as sailor.

Scope and Content:

A love letter dated November 1, 1863 from Eugene Tiblier in Canton, Mississippi to an unknown female friend. He writes that his regiment, Co. E, Third Mississippi Infantry, is not being sent to Tennessee. Tiblier discusses the lack of supplies, the exchange of Vicksburg prisoners, and an anticipated skirmish with Union forces. The letter does not mention the October 14-20 attempt by the Union army to reach Canton and drive the Confederate forces out of that area, nor does it offer any significant insight into the war or a soldier's life.

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