May 13, 1863

13Wednesday.  Had a Batt. Drill of an hour just after breakfast.  The men did admirably, making few mistakes in the movements.  Spent most of the day on my quarterly return of Camp & Gun Eq[uipment] for the last quarter.  Intend to finish it up tomorrow, if possible, & have it off my hands.  Had a very slight shower yesterday & the clouds this p.m. look like rain.  A smart shower would be very acceptable; have had no rain to speak of since the heavy shower at Franklin.  The weather in the middle of the day is quite hot but we get a fine S. W. breeze every afternoon which is quite cool & refreshing.  Yesterday our “Cavalry” under Lt. Putnam started with a provision train for the front.  His Company is made up by details—Baker, Blanchard & Ramsdell going from our Company.  Just before night a soldier belonging to the 1st La. came in with torn & soiled clothes, saying that he was fired upon by the rebels five or six miles up the bayou & escaped by running his horse into the bayou, & then when his horse got stuck in the mud, taking to the woods & after a roundabout journey, reached here.  He said there were both cavalry 7 infantry, & he observed among them several prisoners.  We suppose them the have been Dr. Jordan 7 four men who started with him this morning for head quarters.  As they must have been some distance behind the train that started yesterday, they could easily be captured by any small body of guerrillas.  The Col. at once sent notice of the affair to Col. Chickering at Barre’s landing.  Worked on my Qu[arterlyl] Return till about midnight.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]


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