out of range.
A few days after the enemy made some demonstration of removing its armament, but a volunteer expedition from the First Missouri cavalry, led by Captain Barkley
, reached it in yawls, under cover of night, and burned it to the water's edge, the enemy all the time cannonading them from the peninsula.
complimented them for their daring act in general orders.
About the middle of June it became known that the supply of food was failing.
When the siege commenced it had been announced that there were provisions enough in store to last six months, and in less than a month the assistant quartermaster wrote: ‘The last of our beef has been issued, the bread is made of corn, rice and beans ground and mixed into a meal; we cannot possibly hold out over twenty days on half rations.’
Even the sick had nothing better than soup made of lean mule meat stewed.
A barrel of flour sold for $400. The only means of communication of the besieged with the outer world was by means of couriers who floated down the river past the gunboats, covered with driftwood, or picked their way through interminable and miasmatic swamps, with the likelihood of being shot at any moment.
But General Bowen
received his commission as major-general by these means, and General Pemberton
got dispatches from General Johnston
In the meantime the siege was pressed desperately, the parallels approaching in some places so closely that the men could talk with each other, and frequently gave each other warning when to look out for danger.
Hand-grenades were used instead of bombshells, and everything betokened the coming of the end. The fort on the Jackson
road was blown up by the explosion of a mine by the enemy, and the Federals
attempted to charge through the opening, but were repulsed by the Sixth Missouri and the Third Louisiana. Col. Eugene Irwin
, commanding the Missourians, was killed at the head of his regiment He was a brave soldier and an