still more to the point furnished us with hot coffee.’
During this time the men were sent on scouting expeditions capturing some prisoners, seizing everything of value and burning some of the plantations which served as Confederate strongholds.
On one of these expeditions the left section together with the 30th Massachusetts and two companies of the 4th Wisconsin captured 40,000 lbs. of sugar, molasses, cattle, sheep, mules, and wagons, and took prisoners one lieutenant and four privates.
The battery now prepared to join in the expedition against Vicksburg
and on the 22d of June landed at Ellis Cliff in order to dislodge a hostile force that had fired the day before on the Union transports passing up the river.
After a seven miles' march through the woods the enemy's camp was reached where fires were burning and beans boiling but the occupants had left in a hurry.
The captain of the band was however captured in his carriage.
Two days later a similar movement was made at Grand Gulf
where the Confederates
were driven from their position, five prisoners taken and the town and railroad destroyed.
Under the date June 24, ‘3 A. M. Steamers with infantry and battery on board sailed up a bayou to get in the rear of Grand Gulf
. 10 A. M. Landed at Berry's Plantation. Formed line of march, 4th Wisconsin and right half of battery in advance.
Marched two miles and found a small force of the enemy in the woods who fired on our infantry.
ordered the right piece to the front.
He did not have to wait long for my horses were ready for a jump.
We soon reached the woods, fired a few shots at the enemy who saved themselves by getting on board a train and steaming away.
Fired at train and struck the rear car completely shattering it. Marched five miles, found enemy's camp on fire vacated an hour previous.
Then into Grand Gulf
where we burned every building and destroyed the railroad track.’
J. S. Knowlton
Two days later the expedition arrived at Point de Soto,