Thursday, May 29, 1862

Camp Before Corinth, Mississippi at the Russell Farm

I occupy the far right of our army facing Corinth.  My right covers the railroad to the North.  General Buell commands the center and General Pope commands the left.  We took this position in grand style yesterday and my men have worked all night on intrenchments.

Without a real battle, which I am under orders to avoid, I can not push out our skirmishers more than 200 yards to the front. For our own security I had to destroy two farm houses, both of which had been loop-holed and occupied by the enemy. By 9 a.m. today, our works were substantially done, our artillery in position, and at 4 p.m. the siege train was brought forward.   Colonel McDowell’s brigade (Second) of my division has marched from our former lines at Russell’s and those lines are held by General McClernand.  This relieves General John A. Logan’s brigade.

I feel under special obligations to General Logan, who during the two days he served under me held the critical ground on my right extending down to the railroad. All the time he had in his front a large force of the enemy, but so dense was the foliage that he could not reckon their strength save from what he could see in the railroad track. He will doubtless make his own report, and give the names of the wounded among his pickets. I had then my whole division in a slightly curved line, facing south my right resting on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad near a deep cut, known as Bowie Hill Cut, and left resting on the main Corinth road at the crest of the ridge, there connecting with General Hurlbut, who in turn on his left connected with General Davies, and so on down the whole line to its extremity.

So near is the enemy that we can hear the sound of his drums and sometimes of voices in command and railroad cars arriving and departing at Corinth were easily distinguished.  I now hold a ridge that commands the enemy’s lines.   Once our guns are in place, we can begin firing into the enemy works.

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