Monday, March 24, 2014

Diary of Alexander G. Downing: Monday, May 25, 1863

Fighting commenced this morning all along the line, but it proved to be mostly picket fighting. There was also some heavy cannonading and the mortar boats and the gunboats were in action. Our command, the Sixth Division, lay in bivouac all day. In the evening the rebels came out and captured some of our pickets, and we then formed a line of battle.  The First Missouri Battery threw some shells into the rebels' camp after night. General Lauman's division arrived this morning, but did not get into action.

Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 118

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