Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

May 31st-99

Outpost fired upon last night and kept us awake all night –and now are firing once in a while if a man shows himself at west porches. The 3.2 in. gun opened at 4 p.m. with percussion shrapnel at trenches at church –at several large “bunches o’ black” on the ridge at 2700 yds. Played a couple of rubbers of whist, Rob I beat. The niggers have their trenches shrapnel-proof, made so by covering trenches with bamboo and dirt.