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was severe, and the proportion of dead to wounded exceeds the usual ratio. The loss in my corps for the attack of May twenty-second will not fall much short of six hundred killed and wounded. Our skirmishers still remain close up to the enemy's wofences within the stronghold of Vicksburgh. Your assaulting columns, which moved promptly upon his works on the twenty-second of May, and which stood for hours undaunted under a withering fire, were unsuccessful only because no men could take the confusion worse confounded. In the mean time the battle raged in all its fury around the breastworks in the rear. Friday, May 22.--The morning of this day opened in the same manner as the previous one had closed. There had been no lull in the shat daylight. Heavy firing all day. Several wounded in our regiment to-day. A heavy shower of rain fell this evening. May 22.--About twelve o'clock to-day the heaviest firing of artillery and musketry ever heard by our troops; the earth trembled
l my orders, and their ready cooperation with the army corps commanders at all times, which enabled them to carry out their plans successfully. The Benton, Lieutenant Commander Greer, Mound City, Lieutenant Commander Byron Wilson, Tuscumbia, Lieutenant Commander Shirk, Carondelet, Acting Lieutenant Murphy, and the Sterling Price, Commander Woodworth, have been almost constantly under fire of the batteries at Vicksburgh since the forty-five days siege commenced. The attack of the twenty-second of May by the Benton, Mound City, Carondelet, and Tuscumbia on all the water batteries, in which three were silenced, and four guns injured or dismounted, was one of the best contested engagements of the kind during the war. On the next attack of the same gunboats, when General Grant opened all his batteries for six hours, the river batteries were all deserted, and the gunboats moved up and down without having a shot fired at them, showing the moral effect the first attack had. The att