1862 May 31

[From the diary of Samuel Johnson of the 1st Massachusetts Independent Light Battery]

 May 31st

To day has been the most sultry day of the
year.  Early in the afternoon, we were star-
-tled by a very rapid and heavy cannonading
but a short distance to our left the
musketry fire was quite distinctly heard also.
The fireing continued until dark, we were in
harness expecting orders to move every moment.
Pleasant and warm.

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 8493

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