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Diary entry by Richard Reeves of the 4th Minnesota Infantry Regiment describing his involvement in the opening days of the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi – May 22, 1863

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

May 22nd 1863
This is a day that is long to be remembered by those who belong to the army of the Miss. and those that has friends in it[.] we got up with light hearts hoping that we would have some rest but alas! we get orders to fill our canteens with water and be ready at ten with nothing but our canteen and acroutments on to charge the works[.] you can see many with long faces sitting down awaiting their doom[.] each man takes out his watch and looks walks up and down[.] I all most fell as though my days was reckoned myself[.] the Col is putting on his sword[,] the word comes fall in[.] you can see lots with tears in their eyes[.] they can see death staring them in the face but duty calls them and they go in[,] form a line on the oppisite side of the ridge in front of this works[.] ten O’Clock comes[,] we hear a yell and then heavy firing to the right of of us[.] it is Stevonsons Brigade of Sogans Division Charging Fort Hill[.] then we look to the left and we see [burbrges] Brigade of Carr’s Division close up to a fort they plant their flag on the fort but can’t get in[.] we can see the men drop like wheat before the sickle[.] what is the matter[,] we don’t Charge at last in the afternoon we get orders to go down and reinforce [McClernanol.] we go but when we get get there we relieve [Burbruges] Brigade[.] I can see the men on each side of me drop[.] we keep firing till we get out of Amunition[.] it is a sickening sight to behold[;] so many falling on every side of you they completely cover the ground[.] at last it come dark[.] we get order to fall back[.] so ends one of the greatest slaughters of the war we lost som valuable officers[.]
2d Lieut Sheerbrook, Co K died next day
Major Welch wounded in jaw with shell
Capt. Platt wounded in hand
Lieut Turns killed
Colnl killed and wounded 84
Col Boomer Commanding third Brigade was killed while gallantly leading his men on
we found a new line hook but we did not need it for the…[entry ends].


Citation: May 22, 1863, Diary entry by Richard Reeves, Diary volume 1. Richard S. Reeves Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [A/.R332]

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