Monday, December 2, 2013

Diary of Alexander G. Downing: Monday, February 2, 1863

An exciting time down at Vicksburg last night was reported in camp this morning. One of our gunboats ran the blockade and while passing their batteries, the rebels fired exactly one hundred and thirty shots at her, but did not hurt her. Our gunboats blew up one of the rebels' steamers which was tied at the wharf just below the city, and then ran another battery below without being hurt.

Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 98

1 comment:

troutbirder said...

There is nothing quite like reading the first hand accounts. I wonder how future historians will deal the ephemeral nature of todays letters and diaries via the internet....