We were expecting to be attacked today and so were in line of battle most of the time. Our pickets to the south of town are still skirmishing.1 The weather is very hot.
1It was the belief In camp that there was only a small force of the enemy In the locality of Bolivar, but that they were quite active to make our commanders think that they were here In large force to take the place, and so make us keep a large force there while their real objective was Corinth. We had then but a small force at Corinth while the Confederates had their main army in the vicinity of Iuka, Mississippi, with the view of capturing Corinth. — A. G. D.
Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 65