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War Diary (1862-5) Of Brevet Brigadier General Joseph Stockton

War Diary (1862-5) Of Brevet Brigadier General Joseph Stockton

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Excerpt from War Diary (1862-5) Of Brevet Brigadier General Joseph Stockton: First Lieutenant, Captain, Major and Lieutenant-Colonel, 72d Regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers (First Board of Trade Regiment)

May 27. Everything quiet. Visited the hospitals to see our wounded boys; some may get over it, but I fear many will die.

May 28. Heavy cannonading all along the whole line. The 'rebs reply but feebly; they will not have much chance to rest.

May 29. Worked all night on a fort for Major Powell's Battery; as the position is too much exposed for work in day time, it has to be done at night.

May 30. Tremendous cannonading early this morning. I have never heard anything to equal it. It seems to be Grant's tactics to keep the Rebs busy all the time. There must have been over a hundred guns firing at once.

May 31. AS corps officer of the day, I was up all night. Visited the different posts where men had been stationed as pickets. Made some suggestions to headquarters which were complied With.

Monday, June 1. Weather very warm. Men engaged in building roads through the ravines to connect the different camps. Our rations are now all right, getting them by steamer from the North to Yazoo River, and then team ing them across Chickasaw Bayou to our camps. Men in good spirits and prefer the spade and pick to charging breastworks.

June 2. A large fire in Vicksburg last night. An attack was made on our left, but easily repulsed.

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