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as a flag of truce was reported
coming in. It was for the
surrended of the fort which
was of course refused.

June 28th Sunday
Morning | a day that I shall
Ever remember | the Fort was
attacked by the rebels reported
2,000 strong. The Fort was
garrisoned by about 180 men
and nearly all convalescents.
The fight lasted about four
hours and commenced at
past one A. M.

The rebels were repulsed and
met with a very heavy loss
while ours was very small.
The "rebs" were commanded by
Brig. Genl Green and our
little force by Maj Bullen
of the 28 Maine Regt

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The Civil War was the first American battle where most of those involved in it could read and write, and many wrote about their experiences. W. Scott Keith (b. 1844), a native of Greenfield, Massachusetts, served as Sergeant in the Mass. 52nd Regiment. During the Port Hudson campaign in the spring of 1863, Scott became ill with dysentery and was twice put in the hospital. While recovering at a Union camp in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, he and other soldiers considered unfit for duty stopped a Confederate raid on June 28, 1863.

 

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Excerpt from W. Scott Keith's Civil War Military Journal

author   William Scott Keith
date   Jun 28, 1863
location   Donaldsonville, Louisiana
height   5.75"
width   3.75"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Diary
accession #   #L00.039


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Memorial - 52nd Massachusetts Volunteers

Greenfield, Mass. Soldiers Monument and Second Congregational Church

Excerpt from James Childs Hitchcock's Civil War Military Journal


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