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m, train, organize, or prepare negroes or mulattoes for military service against the Confederate States, or who shall voluntarily aid negroes or mulattoes in any military enterprise, attack, or conflict in such service, shall be deemed as inciting servile insurrection, and shall, if captured, be put to death or be otherwise punished at the discretion of the Court. The motives which influenced many of those appointed are forcibly set forth in the following extracts from a letter of William H. Simpkins, then of the Forty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry, who was killed in action when a captain in the Fifty-fourth:— I have to tell you of a pretty important step that I have just taken. I have given my name to be forwarded to Massachusetts for a commission in the Fifty-fourth Negro Regiment, Colonel Shaw. This is no hasty conclusion, no blind leap of an enthusiast, but the result of much hard thinking. It will not be at first, and probably not for a long time, an agreeable position
Adjutant,—Garth W. James. Quartermaster,—John Ritchie. Company A. Capt., John W. M. Appleton. 1st Lieut., Wm. Homans. Company B. Capt., Samuel Willard [Mann]. 1st Lieut., James M. Walton. 2d Lieut., Thomas L. Appleton. Company C. 1st Lieut., James W. Grace. 2d Lieut., Benjamin F. Dexter. Company D. Capt., Edward L. Jones. 1st Lieut., R. H. L. Jewett. Company E. Capt., Luis F. Emilio. 2d Lieut., David Reid. Company F. Capt., Watson W. Bridge. 2d Lieut., Alexander Johnston. Company G. 1st Lieut., Orin E. Smith. 2d Lieut., James A. Pratt. Company H. Capt., Cabot J. Russel. 2d Lieut., Willard Howard. Company I. Capt., George Pope. 1st Lieut., Francis L. Higginson. 2d Lieut., Charles E. Tucker. Company K. Capt., William H. Simpkins. 2d Lieut., Henry W. Littlefield. Lewis H. Douglass, a son of Frederick Douglass, was the original sergeant-major. Arthur B. Lee, of Company A, was made commissary-sergeant; and Theodore J. Becker, hospital stewa
ling ground and rather open country covered with high grass and thistles. Captain Simpkins and Lieut. R. H. L. Jewett held the left of the Fifty-fourth line with Come. Captain Willard's force was five officers and about two hundred men. From Simpkins's left to the Stono the picket line was continued by men of the Tenth Connectimn, crossing Rivers's causeway, was rapidly advancing on the black pickets. Simpkins's right was the first point of contact; and the men, thus suddenly attacked bym the reserve house Russel and his men retired, fighting as they could. Captain Simpkins's right, as has been told, first bore the force of the attack. By strenuo the Fifty-fourth, sent a portion of his force; but the resistance made by Captain Simpkins had allowed time for the Tenth Connecticut to abandon its dangerous positing a sergeant, badly wounded. Bringing up the rear came Captains Willard and Simpkins, the latter with his trousers and rubber coat pierced with bullets. As the pi
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Chapter 5: the greater assault on Wagner. (search)
ut rations. Refreshed, the officers were all together for the last time socially; before another day three were dead, and three wounded who never returned. Captain Simpkins, whose manly appearance and clear-cut features were so pleasing to look upon, was, as always, quiet and dignified; Captain Russel was voluble and active as e national colors and the white flag of the State especially attracted the enemy's fire, the bearers began to roll them up on the staves. At the same moment, Captain Simpkins, commanding the color company (K) turned to observe his men. His quick eye noted the half-furled flags, and his gallant spirit took fire in a moment at the s. Shaw killed Lieut.-Col. E. N. Hallowell wounded Adjt. G. W. James wounded Capt. S. Willard wounded Capt. C. J. Russel missing, supposed to be killed Capt. W. H. Simpkins missing, supposed to be killed Capt. Geo. Pope wounded Capt. E. L. Jones wounded Capt. J. W. M. Appleton wounded Capt. O. E. Smith wounded 1st Lieut.
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Roster of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry. (search)
in Co. F. 27 Sep 36 Coleraine; married; clerk; Wilbraham. 2d Lt 19 Feb 63, must. 2 Mch; Capt. Co. F 14 Apl 63, must 23 Apl. Discharged 20 Jly 65 expiration of personal service. Other service:—Co D 37 Mass 30 Aug 62; 1st Sergt. Died 6 Sep 84 New Haven, Conn. Russel, Cabot Jackson; Captain Co. H. 21 Jly 44 New York; single; student; Boston. 1st Lt 23 Mch 63, must. 30 Mch; Capt 11 May 63, must. 13 May. Killed 18 Jly 63 Ft Wagner. Other service:—Co. F. 44th Mass. 12 Sep 62, Sergt. Simpkins, William Harris; Captain Co. K. 6 Aug 39 Boston; single; clerk; W. Roxbury. Capt 11 May 63, must. 13 May. Killed 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner. Other service:—Co. F 44th Mass. 12 Sep 62, Corpl, Sergt. Emilio, Luis Fenollosa; Captain Co. E. 22 Dec 44 Salem; single; student; Salem. 2d Lt 30 Mch 63, must. 30 Mch; 1st Lt 14 Apl 63, must. 23 Apl; Capt 22 May 63, must. 23 May. Discharged 27 Mch 65 expiration of personal service. Other service:—Co. F 23rd Mass. 19 Oct 61, Corpl, Sergt. Actg Ju
tt was also present, and by request made answer against the demand made upon the military authorities. Meanwhile the friends of the regiment appealed to the government for the protection of those captured. It drew forth President's Lincoln's proclamation of July 30, 1863, quoted on page 96, and the following letter:— War Department, Washington City. August 4, 1863. dear sir,—Every effort has been made and will be made by this Department to obtain the release of Captain Russel, Captain Simpkins, and the other gallant officers and soldiers, black and white, who fell into the hands of the enemy at Fort Wagner. You will perceive by the papers an order from the president, determining what the action of the government will be, for the purpose of affording all the protection in its power against the barbarism of the enemy. Yours truly, Edwin M. Stanton. Hon. Charles Sumner. Boston, Mass. M. L. Bonham, the governor of South Carolina, on Aug. 10, 1863, ordered the provost-m
287, 288, 289, 307. Sherman's Western Army, 253, 258, 260, 261, 265, 266, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 275, 286, 287. Shooting for insubordination, 190. Sick, 23, 35, 48, 51, 108, 116, 125, 131,147, 151, 197, 261, 285, 307, 317. Sickles, Daniel E., 218. Siege of Savannah, Jones, 252. Silliman, William, 212, 254, 257, 258, 259, 260. Silva, Charles, 111. Simington, Thomas H., 160. Simkins, Battery, 108, 129, 141, 206. Simkins, J. C., 88. Simmons, Robert J., 59, 90, 93. Simpkins, William H., 7, 34, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 67, 73, 83, 89, 90, 91, 96, 103. Sims, Thomas, 32. Singleton plantation, 296, 298, 299, 300, 306. Slack, Charles W., 23. Smith, Carraway, 159, 171. Smith, Gerrit, 11, 16. Smith, Giles S., 269. Smith, Gustavus W., 240, 242, 244. Smith, J. B., 12. Smith, Orin E., 20, 34, 81, 90, 93, 103, 132, 149,183. Smith, Peter, 16. Smith, Washington, 197. Soldier's remains, 173, 305. Sonoma, gunboat, 237. Soule, Charles C., 251. South Carolina, 267,