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[171] took our position in the outside intrenchments to meet the enemy. We skirmished with them until dark. During the night we moved our position and fell back to the next, second line of works.

May 19.--This morning the fight commenced with vigor, heavy fighting all day. The enemy attempted to charge, but were repulsed with heavy loss; we captured five stands of colors. We are held in reserve, moving from one position to another. We lay all night on the extreme left. Went to the support of some Tennessee troops. We had several wounded to-day.

May 20.--Our regiment moved this morning and took position as reserve on the left of the centre. The enemy attempted to turn our right, but were gallantly repulsed by our boys.

May 21.--The firing commenced this morning at daylight. Heavy firing all day. Several wounded in our regiment to-day. A heavy shower of rain fell this evening.

May 22.--About twelve o'clock to-day the heaviest firing of artillery and musketry ever heard by our troops; the earth trembled and the air was filled with missiles of death. The enemy were repulsed. The firing continued all day. We changed our position. We were called upon to go to the assistance of the Louisiana troops, which we did under a heavy fire. We took our position to the left of Fort Beauregard.

May 23.--The firing was confined principally to heavy skirmishing. They have gained some very advantageous positions for artillery. Our confidence is still growing stronger each hour. General Green's brigade crossed the works last night, charged the advance of the enemy, captured some prisoners and arms, together with a great many ditching-tools. (Gallant conduct.)

May 24.--Skirmishing very heavy. The enemy made no attempt to charge, but were discovered to be undermining our works for the purpose of blowing them up. They were driven off, however, by hand-grenades thrown by our boys. They were very destructive.

May 25.--Heavy skirmishing all day with artillery and small arms continued until about four o'clock, when the enemy sent in a flag of truce, asking for permission to bury their dead. Hostilities ceased for the night. The mortar-boats were also engaged in shelling the city and camps. We hear that Johnston has defeated General McClernand's Federal command. Small loss on our lines to-day.

May 26.--The enemy made no attempt to charge our works. Firing heavy from the line of skirmishing. Our brigade was moved this evening to the extreme right fronting the river, where several mortars are engaged in shelling. As we came through the city the shells flew thick and fast. One hundred and twelve prisoners, captured by our forces, came in to-day. No firing in front of us. Day very warm. We have no shelter from the sun. We have been on half-rations of coarse corn-bread and poor beef for ten days.

May 27.--This morning a portion of our brigade was ordered into the ditches on the right fronting the river; about twelve o'clock the lower fleet came up and opened fire upon us without any injury. The gunboat Cincinnati, from the upper fleet, attempted to run by our batteries, but failed, and was sent to the bottom. Afterward the lower fleet moved back down the river; we were then ordered out of the ditches. About four o'clock we took up the line of march, moved to the centre, and took our position in the ditches at Fort Beauregard, to the left of the Jackson road, where we were exposed to a very heavy artillery fire, the first that we have been in in the ditches.

May 28.--The enemy has made no attempt to charge our works, but we are under a heavy fire of artillery, and a strong line of skirmishers still lying in the ditches. One man mortally wounded in our regiment. The mortar-boats have been very diligent to-day.

May 29.--The enemy opened the whole line of artillery at half-past 7 o'clock; continued one and a half hours with great vigor, after which every thing was quiet until half-past 5 in the evening, when the artillery again opened, and continued their fire for one hour. The entire earth seemed to yield to their thundering. You might have seen rebels hugging the ground as close as moles. The fleet was also engaged in front of the city. All quiet now, except an occasional Minie ball, which makes not a very pleasant noise.

May 30.--This morning our company was ordered to take position in the front ditches, immediately in range of eight pieces of artillery, which opened upon us; the firing continued until near dark, the fiercest I ever heard. Shell flew in every direction, exploding immediately over the ditch to the right and left, tearing away the banks in many places, and completely covering us with dust. We lost four killed and three wounded in our regiment. None of our company hurt, fortunately.

May 31.--This morning, about three o'clock, the enemy commenced a very heavy cannonading; the heavens were perfectly checkered with the fuses in the shells; it lasted about one hour and a half. The remainder of the day was unusually quiet. We hear that General Johnston is at Jackson with a heavy force. Two men killed in our regiment to-day.

Monday, June 1.--Early in the day firing light; about half-past 6 in the evening eight or ten heavy guns opened upon us, which shook the earth and were very frightful; but our brave boys never flinched. Every man was at his post ready for any emergency. Three killed and two wounded in our regiment, We are now eating bean-bread, and half-rations at that. The mortar-boats are engaged in shelling the city.

June 2.--The firing in the early part of the day was moderate; at half-past 6 o'clock in the evening a most terrific bombardment commenced. Not less than fifteen pieces of artillery were playing upon us. Our regiment was very fortunate — not a man hurt. Rebels hugged the ground

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