Basil H. Messler Diary, page 12

April 28-May 3, 1864

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St.Jos Friday Morning 28th Boys taking on forrage and Rations left St. Joe went down to Rodeny[sic] there they toke a scout out on the Fayet rode in forenoon and out on the College rode in the afternoon I was not able to go out anchored out this evening Saturday at Roney[sic] we mustered for Pay but it worred[sic] me out so I had to lay down for Several Hours The day went by very easy in this position anchored out this evening

Sabath May 1st Weighed anchor run to shore and in less than ten minutes the report came to the Boat that two of the Boy's ware taken Prison up town and it was a fact as Lieut Ellis and Corp Russle had just went up and came back in Moe[sic] Co D ralied and went out on foot for them But all in vain, we left there in the afternoon and as we ware leaving we see the Rebels gathering on the various Hills so we rounded too and throwed two shells among them and it made then scatter &C.. Son[sic] landed at St. Joe. anchored out that night.

Monday 2nd weight anchor and run to shore Tied up spent the day The Batt all went out on a scout I went out visiting in company with Wm Cloud returned to the boat Boys came in in the evening and had 7 Beeves dressed on shore and so we had fresh beef for a few days anchored out this evening

Tuesday 3rd weighed anchor and went to shore and soon ware ordered to leave But smashed up a wheel and had to call back the other Boat and repair and we left St Joe at 5 in the evening and came by Grand Gulf just at sundown. Splendid scenery Boys on a tere[sic] I slept with Brother Jake for the first time since in the servis &C..&C..