Diary of a Yankee Engineer: The Civil War Story of John H. Westervelt, Engineer, 1st New York Volunteer Engineer Corps

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…. FOLLY ISLAND
June 1863

No. 8

Everything is quiet but as soon as night fell the shelling commenced and con[tinued] during the night. 16th To work. Several of their shot fell in front. At daybreak they desisted and remained quiet. Not a single man has been shot on our side. … of each other, and use their sharp shooters on both sides. One of our men was shot at 6 times and not hit. Our men have the best of it so no one of us has picket duty at all, or stand guard except in their own in camp. Heavy and rapid firing was seen in the woods but we could not make it out. Genl … who it is said is a very austere man and we may now expect problems. It is also rumored that Admiral dupont has been relieved of command. Last months energetic man. After dark our Co and two Cos of Engrs from … with infantry to the number of 5 hundred went up to the point to till nearly daylight, and not withstanding our numbers we could not do what we wished to do on account of the darkness, but during the night there were 3 shells, a piece of one hit a private of the 4th N.H. in the leg inflicting a verry severe wound. In a day … and 10 mortars landed on this point and then if we do not repay them with interest, we …. 18th All quiet to day. At night we went up to the point and worked till daylight. To show you how recklessly the lives of the soldiers are risked … and 10 minutes…. Last night Col Dandy of the 100th N.Y. … altogether. His orders were before going up to return at 2½ A.M. we quit work and he had not been found. Soon daylight began to appear. Finally the gentleman was found near the camp of the enemy. As soon as it would be light we got him off. Perhaps it would have been best to leave him to his fate. [He was] under the influence of Liquor. He will …. A like offense on the part of a private is death by the firing squad. 19th Lay in camp again to day and went up to the point. I think we have deceived them about the attack. You

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