Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

Saturday 2-18-99

That night the fighting was spirited along parts of the line. The village across the river was shelled and burnt but large numbers of rebs were collecting there, so Co. G was put on our left and the two Cal. Co’s left the church. The gun boat came up the river to our lft & poured in a terrible fire from her 4 Gats and 3 2 in. guns. The rebels stood ground and died like heroes. I watched this battle from the hill.