July 16, 1863

Orders to be ready to move at 6 o’clock.  Battery ready.  Left camp at 7 o’clock.  Marched 6 miles to a camp just beyond Darksville.

Richmond papers of the 14th in camp.  Very bad news.  Vicksburg gone, Port Hudson rumored to have fallen.  Very bad spirit manifested by some of the boys who think times look very blue.  I think this should nerve every man to do or die.  Heavy cannonading.

Diary of A.M. Riddle [Civil War Miscellany]

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