We had to send two patrols of five men each down the railroad track each way from the station. There is always some danger of the track's being torn up by organized bands of the “secesh” in this locality.1
1William Dwiggans died of typhoid fever on this day, in the hospital at Jefferson City. His was the first death in Company E. He was a good boy and a dutiful soldier. — A. G. D.
Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 27