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onth, and State aid for families. All necessary information can be obtained at the office, corner Cambridge and North Russell Streets. Lieut. J. W. M. Appleton, Recruiting Officer. In five days twenty-five men were secured; and Lieutenant Appleton's work was vigorously prosecuted, with measurable success. It was not always an agreeable task, for the rougher element was troublesome and insulting. About fifty or sixty men were recruited at this office, which was closed about the last of March. Lieutenant Appleton then reported to the camp established and took command of Company A, made up of his recruits and others afterward obtained. Early in February quite a number of colored men were recruited in Philadelphia, by Lieut. E. N. Hallowell, James M. Walton, who was subsequently commissioned in the Fifty-fourth, and Robert R. Corson, the Massachusetts State Agent. Recruiting there was attended with much annoyance. The gathering-place had to be kept secret, and the men sent to
ere was less drunkenness in this regiment than in any that had ever left Massachusetts; but this may have been owing to the fact that the bounty was not paid them until a day or two previous to their departure. Nevertheless, it is my dispassionate and honest conviction that no regiments were ever more amenable to good discipline, or were more decorous and proper in their behavior than the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Massachusetts Colored Volunteers. Owing to heavy and frequent rains in March and the early days of April, the mud was often very deep between the barracks and officers' quarters, requiring much labor to clean paths. During cold weather the quarters were kept warm by wood fires. In stormy weather squad and company drills went on in vacant barracks. Later in the season the companies under commissioned officers were taken several times each week to bathe in a pond near by to insure personal cleanliness. Fast Day, April 2, was largely given up to rest and recreatio
eut. Thos. L. Appleton re-joined on the 11th, bringing on the steamer Boston the camp equipage; and tents were put up on the 14th. Although there was more rain in March than during the preceding month, the weather in the main was most enjoyable, and camp-life under canvas a pleasure. Our frequent tours of picket duty in the pine ame in occasionally. From them it was learned that the enemy was fortifying a strong position in front of Baldwin. Most of their cavalry was ordered elsewhere in March. Both forces were apprehensive of attack, and alarms occurred frequently, occasioned by picket firing and reconnoissances. On the 23d the prize steamers Sumter and Hattie Brock, captured at Deep Creek on the 14th, were brought to Jacksonville. During March, Lieutenant Howard was made adjutant. Captains Jones and Walton re-joined. Lieutenants Chas. Jewett, Jr., and Daniel G. Spear, newly appointed, joined. Assistant-Surgeon Pease went North sick, and never returned. News of a number
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Chapter 14: Charleston and Savannah. (search)
mall boats, some damage by water resulted to company books and officers' baggage. Major Pope, on March 1, with Companies C, E, H, and I, visited the Benjamin Whaley place thirteen miles distant, moving over the plank road and fording Nine-Mile Run on the way. At the plantation the detachment rested for the night, receiving abundant supplies from the negroes. Some fifty hands were found there, and the next day returned to Charleston with our force. There was bad weather the first week of March; then warm and springlike days came. We received a large number of men who had been detailed, detached, or were sick when the Fifty-fourth left Morris Island. Details were furnished for picket duty, generally along the plank road. Headquarters for the line were at the Four-Mile House, which had been a tavern, but was then occupied by a hospitable Irishman—Lawler by name—and his wife. Opportunities were given officers and men to visit the city, where they wandered about, deeply interested
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Roster of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry. (search)
3. Surgeon 5th Mass. Vol. Mil. 28 Jly 64 to 16 Nov 64. Surgeon 62d Mass. 28 Feb 65 to 5 May 65. Died 6 May 85 Boston, Mass. Harrison, Samuel; Chaplain. 15 Apl 18 Philadelphia; married; clergyman; Pittsfield. Chaplain 8 Sep 63, must. 12 Nov. Resigned 14 Mch 64 for disability. Pittsfield, Mass. Captains. Hartwell, Alfred Stedman; Captain Co. D. 11 Je 36 W. Dedham; single; student; Natick. Capt 16 Mch 63, must. 30 Mch. Discharged 30 May 63 for promotion. Other service:—Corpl 3rd Mo. Reserves May 61; 1st Lt Co. F 44th Mass. 12 Sep. 62. Lt. Col. 55th Mass 30 May 63; Colonel 3 Nov 63; Brevet Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols. 30 Nov 64. Discharged 30 Apl 66. Honolulu, Hawaian Islds. Partridge, David Allen; Captain Co. C. 3 Apl 33 Milford; married; bootmaker; Medway. 1st Lt 6 Mch 63, must. 10 Mch; Capt 14 Apl 63, must. 23 Apl. Resigned 19 Jan 64 for disability. Other service:—1st Lt 42nd Mass. 13 Sep 62. West Medway, Mass. Bridge, Watson Wilberforce; Captain Co. F. 27 Sep