James Dye went to hospital sick; three wounded in the regiment. We continue to get news of Johnston's approach. June 23.--Firing not heavy, but very steady. A very refreshing rain fell during the night. Two wounded in regiment. The firing was very heavy on the right during the night. Captain Sawe wounded to-day in camp. The mortarboats have been very quiet for several days. June 24.--Firing heavy, front and rear. We hear Lee has gained another victory in Virginia, and threatens Maryland and Pennsylvania. The enemy are advancing rapidly on our works; we are looking for a blow — up every hour. June 25--And one mingled with many distressing events. All was quiet until about four o'clock P. M., when the train which was prepared by the enemy to blow up our works was fired. The explosion was terrific. They then attempted to mount our works, but were kept back. The firing was confined mostly to small arms, which was very heavy. Continued all night; we were up with arms in hand, and without sleep all night. Colonel Erwin killed; also Lieutenant W. S. Lipscomb, Viers, J. M. Good, Alf. Eaton, D. S. Lipscomb, and George N. Ferrel, wounded. Jack Satterwhite, slightly. The hand-grenades thrown by the enemy were very destructive. Twenty-four killed and wounded in our regiment. June 26.--The firing continued heavy all day; the enemy have made no further attempt to mount our works; the throwing of hand-grenades was indulged in by both parties. The Fifth Missouri came to our assistance last night. Day very warm; the enemy can be seen working in front of us; we have repaired that portion of the works blown up by the enemy; all right again. The fleet engaged our batteries to-day, with what effect we have not learned; firing very heavy. We had a good night's rest. June 27.--Firing moderate to-day. We were relieved at twelve o'clock, for six hours only, by the Fifth Missouri; at six o'clock in the evening we returned to the ditches; were relieved at twelve o'clock at night. Elisha Viers, of our company, died to-day, from wounds received on the twenty-fifth. Lee's victory confirmed. Five killed and three wounded in regiment to-day. David Sigman, of our company, killed; James Parker wounded. June 28.--Returned to the ditches; relieved by the Fifth Missouri; forty-two killed arid wounded since the twenty-fifth; no loss to-day; weather pleasant; no news from the outside. The enemy are working vigorously; we throw a great many hand-grenades among them. June 29.--Firing very moderate; we are digging to meet the undermining foe. The Second, Fifth, and Sixth Missouri are guarding the threatened point. We relieve each other every six hours. Weather pleasant; no loss to-day. June 30.--Firing moderate; we threw among them to-day, a keg containing one hundred pounds of powder, with a fuse in it — we are not apprised of the damage it done. Our muster-rolls were ordered to be made out to-day; n<*> loss. July 1.--This day is long to be remembered, The firing in the morning was light. Our regi ment went into the ditches at twelve o'clock; about three o'clock the mine which had been prepared by the enemy under our works was fired; great was the explosion. Lieutenants Crenshaw and Roseberry were buried alive, to gether with several others. Lieutenant Burr, Geo. Ferrell, Ed. Eaton, and Dunlap of our company wounded. Lieutenant Brather of company B lost his leg. Day very warm. The enemy made no attempt to charge. July 2.--Firing moderate. The troops are becoming very much disheartened. All seem to be of the opinion that we will be compelled to surrender. July 3.--This evening about three o'clock, our, authorities sent out a flag of truce, to make arrangements to surrender the place. The firing ceased-every thing as still as death. We all knew that the fatal hour had arrived; the preliminaries were not agreed upon, and the flag returned, firing commencing again. July 4.--To-day the place and its contents was surrendered to the Federal authority — a sore stroke to the Confederacy. The enemy came into town in small numbers, about twelve o'clock. They put their fireworks into operation after dark, by the way of celebrating the Fourth, but were very civil, and treated us with a great deal of kindness. The army will all be paroled and move out. Officers will retain and carry out their side-arms.1
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