flag of Massachusetts
as the 7th, 10th, and, I think, the 37th advanced.
A rebel battery opened upon them but the line did not waver, and on, on, even to the cannon's mouth they went.
The battery was silenced, captured, and its support fled.
We followed close in the rear, and when some two miles from the city were ordered back for provost duty.
We expected a “soft snap.”
Coats were brushed, brasses brightened, and in every respect we “braced up.”
We turned in early for a good night's rest, but at nine P. M. were turned out and doublequicked to the left of the city, as our pickets at that point had been fired upon.
At daylight “Johnnie [Reb] came marching home again,” and filled the earthworks on the left and front of the city.
Where they came from we could not tell, but they were there, and had a battery which was used to stir us up with good results.
From provost soldiers we changed to sappers and miners.
Dirt flew fast as we dug trenches for our own protection, and to obstruct the passage of artillery.
We had several men slightly wounded but none killed.
On the morning of the 6th we fell back to our rifle pits in the city, recrossed the river, remaining on duty until the pontoons were taken up, and then marched back to our old camp.
We had not slept an hour since May 2, and were completely tired out. I slept all night and awoke thinking it was time for breakfast and found it was three P. M.
We moved our camp to a delightful spot on the top of the hill, resumed our daily drills, and were once more under strict discipline.
It was very hard to get leave of absence, but Lieutenant Shackley
made application, giving as a reason that he required an officer's uniform, having just been promoted,