llowing days, and nothing but starvation or the hemp bale movement (which was the actual cause of our surrender) could have forced us to leave it. There were three cisterns inside our lines and two springs near by on the bank toward the river.
Our men were often shot at while going to the springs, but there was only one day when we actually suffered from water.
We had about seventy-five wagons in the lines, and about three hundred horses and mules belonging to them.
On the morning of the 13th, they brought in a flag of truce — we were told that their object was to get time to bury their dead, of which they must have had a very large number.
Our loss on the previous day was four killed and eighteen wounded. Up to the 18th, fighting was confined to the pickets.
We continued to work on our fortifications.
The enemy was constantly receiving reinforcements.
On that morning, at about eight o'clock, they planted cannon, six in all, on three sides of us.
Fighting immediately commen