Saturday, May 26, 2012
1862 May 27
[from the diary of Jonathan Hager of the 14th U.S. Regulars, as copied and annotated at a later date]
May 27 To day Captains Brown Keyes & McIntosh
were detailed for picket duty. This was the
first duty of this kind any of us had performed.
It was a hot day & the sky was without a
cloud. Heavy firing of Cannon & Musketry
on our right gave notice that the rebels
were watchful & active. We expected orders
every minute to march. None came this day
& we retired to our rest undisturbed, awaiting
the morn to hear whence the firing came.