feet and repulsing the broachers.
So it went from day to day; the men looking for new mines and eager to meet the workers.
Not long after another mine exploded.
This time the enemy feared to enter the breach.
at the point of danger had emphasized the prime boast of impregnable Vicksburg
Its works could not be taken by assault.
In leaving forever the glorious trenches of Vicksburg
we shall, while pressing the hand of Col. Edward Higgins
, commander of the river batteries, meet with an old acquaintance.
To locate him, the comrade's memory need only go back to Forts Jackson
and St. Philip
in April, 1861.
The water batteries at Vicksburg
were divided into three commands.
Louisianians manned the center batteries, immediately in front of the city, under Maj. F. N. Ogden
, Eighth Louisiana artillery battalion.
Here was danger's picked station.
In war, the point of danger is the point of glory—so said Murat
, who never shirked it. Louisianians stood also behind the lower batteries, which were in charge of the First Louisiana artillery under Lieut.-Col. Beltzhoover
With Colonel Beltzhoover
was a portion of the Twenty-third (Twenty-second) Louisiana volunteers.
While still with Beltzhoover
's Louisianians, it may be well to remember that, early in the siege, his men helped to sink the Cincinnati
, mounting fourteen guns.
It was May 27th when the Cincinnati
, showing all her teeth, approached the upper batteries. Four sister gunboats, equally well guarded, threatened the lower batteries.
It was a hot engagement while it lasted.
summed up the result with this Lacedaemonian brevity: ‘An engagement took place which resulted in the . . .sinking of the Cincinnati
in front of our guns, after an action of thirty minutes.’
After this, gunboats were disposed to be shy in their dalliance with our batteries.
The following roll of honor was given by Colonel Higgins
, commanding the water batteries, of those distinguished