Basil H. Messler Diary, page 21

June 2-4, 1864

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2nd today at 1 oclock I Bought a Buson[sic] pin of Peat Houly[sic] it was the Links I.O.O.F. Pin and I thought I deserved it and at 4 we had quite hard shower of rain &C.. and after supper up was quite pleasant and at 7 P.M. got a pass to leave the Boat, went up town found two half Dollars met a lot of the Boys and got in company with Mr. Tucker of the S.C. and took a walk drank a glass of Sody water and returned to the Boat chatted a fiew hours on the sights of the times &C..

3rd Friday June 3rd all commotion today making ready to go of[sic] on an expedition up the rive at one P.M. ran over the river after a Barg[sic] for Horses and they would not let us have it some Swaring[sic] done By the Capt of the Boat ran back to Vixburg again and then a hevy raine[sic] and Thunder storm ensued? which lasted an Hour and Half Splende[sic] flashes of Lighting and shot and roring[sic] Peals of Thunder which ware interesting Then done my chewers and at 6 P.M. The Steamer Mossnord came up with the 119 Reg.Ill Boy's on I was lacled[sic] by then as they passed and went up to see them and was met By a dozen or more of them on the shore spent the evening with them came of our Boat at 9 P.M. and T. D. Morrin came with an old Friend from Ohio of his Mr.Rumsy of the 8 Ind Reg and we had a grand overhauling of Pictures and spent another hour very pleasantly and during the evening the Boat J Adams of the M.M.B. in[sic] well riddled with shell and shot having 26 put through her on the 2nd of June killing 3 men and wounding several others &C.. retired 11 P.M.

4 Saturday done my chewers and while eating Breakfast Lieute Plotts called to see me and we retreated to my room and in came Jerry Eby Dick Covent James Suture Henry Dewey and we had a good time I received a letter of my Sister Mary I went over with then to the Mossnord Steamer whare the Belongur[sic] and spend a couple hours very pleasantly with the old Boys of 119 Ill Reg and then we went down to See