We have plenty of wood now. At about 2 o'clock this afternoon a brisk fire opened between our men and the rebels. We have not yet heard what was the cause of it.1 A scouting party seventeen miles out from the city had a skirmish with the rebel cavalry, but there were no losses outside of several horses. A report came into camp that Port Hudson has been taken by our forces.
1 This was down at Vicksburg, where there was some heavy cannonading between our gunboats and the Confederate batteries. — A. G. D.
Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 97