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|Pvt. Rood's story: Union march to Harrisonburg 1863|
Hosea Whitford Rood was 16-years-old when he entered the Civil War in 1861. Two years later in mid-August 1863, the private arrived in Natchez as a member of Company E of the 12th Wisconsin, which had been a part of the Union force that claimed victory at Vicksburg on July 4.
Rood wrote about his Civil War experiences in a book which details his months of service in Natchez, including the Union's march to Harrisonburg in late August 1863 to take out Fort Beauregard, a Confederate artillery stronghold on the Ouachita River. Rood was one of about 4,000 Union troops on that expedition.
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