Friday, May 30, 1862
The day afforded extremely hot weather, followed by violent thundershowers in the evening. The rain fell in torrents, and several of the bridges over the Chickahominy River were nearly swept away. At midnight the regiment heard heavy cannon fire in the direction of Richmond.1
1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 89. Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 126.