Lieut. Col. Franklin
Campbell, Eighty-first Illinois Infantry
On May 14, after severe marching, our army met the enemy at Jackson, our brigade being deployed in line of battle on the left. My command marched in this position for several miles through mud and rain and almost impenetrable thickets until we came to the town of Jackson. We did not meet the enemy, he having left the field in time to evade our pursuit. We encamped with the remainder of the brigade in the suburbs of the town.
On May 16, we again met the enemy at Champion's Hill, or Baker's Creek, our regiment being on the right of the brigade. In this position we marched through fields and over ditches, fences, through woods, until we met the enemy, under the protection of their batteries, and, while the Eighth Illinois and Thirty-second Ohio charged and took a battery, my command charged another battery still further to the right, and drove it, together with a strong support not less than double our number. After about an hour's hard fighting, we drove them from the field. We were then ordered to fall back. Our skirmishers, with an additional squad of men under the command of Lieutenant Grammer, Company B. brought the batteries taken by our brigade off the field, but were again put in line of battle and pursued the retreating enemy. On May 19, we marched in front of the enemy's works at Vicksburg, and were ordered to support the Third Ohio Battery, which we did under a galling fire of grape, shell, and canister from the enemy.
On the morning of the 20th,
we took position near the enemy's works and in support of Bolton's
Since May 22, my command has
been continually occupied in the various and arduous duties connected
with the siege, participating in all the dangers and labors, being the
whole time under the fire of the enemy's batteries and sharpshooters.
The alacrity and zeal with which both officers and men of my command
have ever been ready and willing to perform their duties cannot be too
highly commended, and it would be almost invidious to discriminate
between the actions of either men or officers in the zealous performance
of duty during the late campaign, with the exception of the case
Brig. Gen. JOHN D.
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