Monday, December 2, 1861.
While I was writing last night there really was a Rebel gunboat came up the river and fired into Fort Holt. Impudent, wasn't it? The Fort replied, and Fort Cairo also shot a couple of shells over our heads toward the rascals, but they fell short. We could see the troops at Fort Holt out under arms for an hour. Taylor's battery went off down the Norfolk road at a slashing pace to try and get a shot at the boat but was too late.
It is very cold this morning and snowing again. We are perfectly comfortable, though.
SOURCE: Charles Wright Wills, Army Life of an Illinois Soldier, p. 47