“Up at break of dawn and under way”

Christian Fleetwood (1840–1914). Diary entry, June 15, 1864. Christian A. Fleetwood Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Up at break of dawn and under way our Division and White Troops of Gen Smith Went into action early charged out of woods. Cut up badly Regt. broke and retreated. Fired into by 5th Mass. Last Regt Charged with 22nd Took the Battery. Advanced, upon works near & Lay under their fire all balance of the day advancing by degrees in line About 7 P. M. Final charge made Seven guns taken by our Regt. Our loss pretty heavy. Slept moved outside and slept till morning. Moved to the rear and rested. Chaplain about Brigade moved out in evening and lay in line an hour or so. Returned and turned in Weather fine and warm. FRIDAY JUNE 17, 1864 All quiet today until turning in time. when the heaviest musketry I ever heard took place. Fell in & manned works. Lay there all night undisturbed Had fresh beef today & rations D. Norton sick and sent away. Weather fine and warm.

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