Basil H. Messler Diary, page 9

April 3-11, 1864

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Sabath Apr 3rd on Board the Raine The Boys are taking on forage for 50 days and the deck hands are coling[sic] and no Sabath to me.

Monday 4th yet in Vixburg had my first drill from 10 AM till 12 noon Batt Drill from 2 P.M. till 4 P.M. all quiet in the evening.

Tuesday 5th Spent just the same as Monday by Drilling 4 hours.

Wednesday 6th Drilled 2 Hours in the A.M. & 2 in the P.M. N.C.G. was appointed as Orderly Sergt of Co. C. and acted as such out on Drill to-day. We all Marched through town By 4rs.

Thursday 7th was drilled By Sergt Roorer in forenoon rained in afternoon I visited the 17th Reg Ill Boys in camp in the rear of Vixburg returned to Boat through tremendous hard rain.

Friday 8th Detailed for guard went up town bought so[sic] Potatos and rode about town was to Jale No 2 there I saw friend Spark act-Sergt[sic] of guard or doing the r'ts[sic] Self had a chat returned to Boat went on guard a[sic] 11 P.M. for the first in my life Spent the day very well.

Saturday 9 Morning 4 oclock left Vixburg went up or going up the river no not where.

Sabath 10 got up Boat tied up to Trees fine morning the Dianna & Adams are here they call it Caroline Co inspection this morning at Sundown Steamed up and went on up the river.

Monday 11, Shoved out and on run Six Miles took Scout some 8 miles and back took one Prisenor 4 Horses and drove in 20 Head of cattle Shot the best of them for Beef and so ended the day and the Beef went good, &C...