Thursday, April 30, 1863

Yazoo River, North of Vicksburg

Yesterday, I came up the Yazoo with 2 iron clad boats, four or five small stern wheel Gunboats and ten transports carrying a part of Blair’s Division for the purpose of making a simulated attack on Haines Bluff to divert attention from Grant’s movements on Grand Gulf. We spent last night at our old Battle ground of Chickasaw Bayou. This morning, we moved up in Sight of the Batteries on Drumgoulds Hill. We battered away all morning and the enemy gave us back as much as we sent. The leading Gun boat got 53 shots in her, but her men being in Iron casemates were not hurt. A wooden boat had a shot through the Engine Room. I am aboard the flagship, Blackhawk, a wooden boat with two thirty pound Rifles on the Bow. We kept up a brisk cannonade for about 5 hours, and then hauled out of Range. I then disembarked the men in full view and made all the usual demonstrations of attack, and remained so till night, when the men were recalled.

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