Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

Thursday 2-16-99

Last night we had a hot time, for the niggers charged us four times. Co. D bore the brunt of these attacks & they came up within 100 yds. But they carried off the dead & wounded. They can not stand our volleys. Hawthorn battery opened up & all day the ins. kept the line busy especially the rt. Sharp shooters kept us uneasy all day & at night they were at it again. They would rush –shoot awhile– fall back –then yell and mock us. Two Co’s of Cal. were in Guadelupe [Guadalupe] church and were attacked time after time –but as often held them off. Hot. Third day of fight.