Sept. 3, 1862
"Drew our horse from Louisville. - Bragg expected across the river. - Great consternation in Louisville. - Battery ordered to the south side of the river. - Horses had to be hitched up in harness that had never been put together before, - by inexperienced hands. - Everything in confusion - guns sent down to the ferry one at the time. - All across by 12 o'clock. - Camped east of the city at the Fairgrounds. - Completely dusted out by the cavalry passing us, - retreating from Lexington. 19th & 20th Indiana Batteries are camped near us. - Water scarce - dust 6 inches deep, - troops passing us constantly for the city. - Drill every day. - General Boyle gave us orders to be ready for battle at a
moment's notice. - stood harnessed and hitched all night. - Mess No. 1 broken up. Now mess with the Captain - have a tent to myself behind his. - Bragg’s Cavalry in the neighborhood. - Citizens all gone into the city, and a great many across the river. - Boys made a raid on a fine house - just across the road from our camp - last night. - This morning on opening my eyes, I found the Captain’s tent full of long dark looking bottles, jugs, demijohns, &c. Each man that was on the raid last night, thinking he ought to make the Captain a present had left him a mark of their esteem in the shape of sundry bottles of wine, brandies &c, until his tent was literally full. - Some not content with this display of their regard had filled buckets with whiskey and placed them inside along with the remainder of the plunder. - Captain Lilly knew nothing of this until his eyes discovered it the next morning. Camp full of wine, brandies, & whiskies of the very finest quality. - Everybody drunk. - A wagon load of it was collected and returned the next day, - but still every hollow log and stump was full of it. - Lasted for weeks afterward."
The original owner of the whiskey and wine told Captain Lilly that it was valued at around $