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Firing on the Steamer Sir William Wallace,
Mississippi River.
January 29, 1864.

Report of Lieut. Col. Edwin Moore, Twenty-first Missouri Infantry.

Vicksburg, Miss., February 1, 1864.

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

LIEUTENANT : I have the honor to report the arrival of my command at this place. During the passage and when abreast of Islands Nos. 70 and 71 we were fired upon by guerilla, who were concealed behind a breast-work constructed of logs. They fired probably 1-- shots and fled. The fire was returned as promptly as possible. The forces seen were supposed to be from 50 to 75 men. I thought it policy not to leave the boat, the willows and brush being very thick.

Our loss was 1 man killed, 2 mortally wounded (who died the next morning), and 4 severely wounded.

Twenty-seven shots struck the boat.

Lieut. Co. Twenty-first Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Comdg.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies Series I, Volume 32 (part 1) pages 156 & 157; NO. 92

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