Antwerp was made through the battle zone with most of the towns leveled to the ground. We passed Bras at 1:30 PM where not a house was standing, which had a cemetery with 10,000 French soldiers. We stopped at 6:10 PM and spent the night at Samogneux. We started the next day at 6:30 AM but at 9:20 AM the wind being so strong the Captain thought it best to tie up at Consenvoye and wait for the wind to slacken. We left Consenvoye at 6:30 AM next morning in a blinding snowstorm and stopped at Dun sur Meuse for lunch with the weather clearing up nicely. On April 17 we arrived at Sedan at 12:45 PM where we had to wait to pick up a pilot as we were soon to enter the Meuse river with its swirling currents, shoals and many trestle bridges with a center span just wide enough for the barges to pass through.
We left Montcy at 6:30 on April 19 and were now passing through the beautiful Valley of the Meuse. We reached Dame de Meuse at 4:30 PM where the river makes a long sweeping curve with a trestle bridge at its end halfway around the bend. The current takes the three barges in its grasp & threatens to sweep the entire convoy ashore. With the mate on the last barge working frantically with his pole to keep us in the center of the river. With a snap his pole breaks & he