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co-operation, and enrolling a son of Douglass as his first recruit. His headquarters were made at Buffalo, and a line of recruiting posts from Boston to St. Louis established. Soon such success was met with in the work that after filling the Fifty-fourth the number of recruits was sufficient to warrant forming a sister regiment. Many newspapers gave publicity to the efforts of Governor Andrew and the committee. Among the persons who aided the project by speeches or as agents were George E. Stephens, Daniel Calley, A. M. Green, Charles L. Remond, William Wells Brown, Martin R. Delany, Stephen Myers, O. S. B. Wall, Rev. William Jackson, John S. Rock, Rev. J. B. Smith, Rev. H. Garnett, George T. Downing, and Rev. J. W. Loqueer. Recruiting stations were established, and meetings held at Nantucket, Fall River, Newport, Providence, Pittsfield, New York City, Philadelphia, Elmira, and other places throughout the country. In response the most respectable, intelligent, and courageous
h Connecticut, holding a dangerous position, as it had a swamp in rear. Frequent showers of rain fell that evening. All night following, the enemy was uneasy. Lurking men were seen, and occasional shots rang out. Captain Willard, mounting the roof of the house, could see great activity among the signal corps of the enemy. He sent word to his officers to be vigilant, and prepared for attack in the morning. About midnight the men were placed in skirmishing order, and so remained. Sergeant Stephens of Company B relates that George Brown of his company, a dare-devil fellow, crawled out on his hands and knees and fired at the enemy's pickets. An attack was indeed impending, arranged on the following plan: Brig.-Gen. A. H. Colquitt, with the Twentyfifth South Carolina, Sixth and Nineteenth Georgia, and four companies Thirty-second Georgia, about fourteen hundred men, supported by the Marion Artillery, was to cross the marsh at the causeway nearest Secessionville, drive the enemy
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Chapter 5: the greater assault on Wagner. (search)
g near he pulled out sand-bags. When a volunteer was wanted to report their situation to some general officer, he offered himself, saying, I will go, but if I am killed, just tell them I did not run away! As he was still able to fight, Captain Appleton, who was disabled, went instead. Lieutenant Homans was wounded near the fort, and thought himself mortally hurt, as he was spitting blood, but staggered along until he was met by Lieutenant Dexter, who assisted him to the rear. Sergt. George E. Stephens of Company B, in a letter to the writer, says,— I remember distinctly that when our column had charged the fort, passed the half-filled moat, and mounted to the parapet, many of our men clambered over, and some entered by the large embrasure in which one of the big guns was mounted, the firing substantially ceased there by the beach, and the Rebel musketry fire steadily grew hotter on our left. An officer of our regiment called out, Spike that gun! . . . Just at the very hott
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Chapter 7: bombardment of Charleston. (search)
y Captain Emilio, commanding. Paymaster Usher arrived in camp September 27, ready to pay the men $10 per month from enlistment, less $3 per month deducted for clothing. Upon the non-commissioned officers being assembled, they with great unanimity declined the reduced payment for themselves and their comrades. The paymaster again came on the 30th to renew his offer. It was on this date that Colonel Montgomery appeared and made the men a remarkable and characteristic address, which Sergeant Stephens of Company B has given in substance as follows:— Men: the paymaster is here to pay you. You must remember you have not proved yourselves soldiers. You must take notice that the Government has virtually paid you a thousand dollars apiece for setting you free. Nor should you expect to be placed on the same footing with white men. Any one listening to your shouting and singing can see how grotesquely ignorant you are. I am your friend and the friend of the negro. I was the first pe
having fallen near by, they retired to a less exposed place. Colonel Montgomery, accompanied by his staff, was round and about the Fifty-fourth line exposing himself freely; perceiving the strong fire coming from the direction of the railroad, he shouted, Fire to the left! Fire to the left! Under such conditions after a while the men began to chafe, and exhibit a desire for aggressive action. Already Warren Moorhouse, of Company E, and another man had crept out as sharpshooters. Sergeant Stephens, of Company B, remembered distinctly that a little black fellow, whose name I cannot recall, would run forward beyond the line in his excitement, discharging his piece, fall back and load, and then rush out again. Our line was doing its level best. Shortly, this man I speak of fell, shot through the head. Now there occurred an episode which shows that the colored soldiers, of the Fifty-fourth at least, possessed other than passive courage. They had, as stated, endured the situati
elch, of Company F, as second lieutenants, May 22. Applications being made for their muster, they were returned disapproved, and the commissions for some reason destroyed. Colonel Hallowell, determined that the precedent established in the case of Lieutenant Swails should be followed, appealed to higher authority, sending for new commissions. These colored men were finally mustered as officers, and ultimately promoted to first lieutenancies. Commissions were also issued to First Sergeant George E. Stephens, of Company B, and First Sergeant Albert D. Thompson, of Company D, but they were not mustered under them. George Cranch, John H. Conant, and William McDermott, newly appointed, reported and ultimately became first lieutenants. Joshua B. Treadwell reported for duty as assistant-surgeon. Colonel Hallowell was brevetted brigadier-general. Major Pope was promoted lieutenant-colonel and Captain Walton, major. Lieutenant Emerson became captain of Company E; Lieutenant James,
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Roster of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry. (search)
y 64 declined. Patten, Thomas H. as 2nd Lieut. 22 Feb 65, commission cancelled. Haskins, William G. as 2nd Lieut. 1 Apl 65 commission cancelled. Thompson, Albert D. as 2nd Lieut 20 Je 65, 1st Lieut. 17 Jly 65 not mustered, see Co. D. Stephens, George E. as 2nd Lieut. 11 Jly 65, 1st Lieut. 17 Jly 65 not mustered see Co. B. Enlisted men. Non-commissioned staff. Becker, Theodore J. Hos. Stew. 32, mar.; physician; Fitchburg, Mass. 23 Apl 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Died 69 or 70 Charleos 21, sin.; farmer; W. Chester, Pa. 3 Mch 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. States, Daniel, 18, sin.; farmer; Philadelphia. 27 Feb 63; 20 Aug 65. Wounded and pris. 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner; ex. 4 Mch 65 Goldsboro, N. C.; ret. 7 Je 65. $50. Philadelphia. Stephens, George E. 1st Sergt. 31, mar.; cabinet maker; Boston. 30 Apl 63; 20 Aug 65. Comd 2d Lt 11 Jly 65; 1st Lt 17 Jly 65, not mustered. $50. Died 24 Apl 88 Brooklyn, N. Y. story, Charles A. Sergt. 20, sin.; farmer; Hadley. 18 Jly 63; 20 Aug 65
200. St. Andrew's Parish, S. C., 310, 311, 314. St. Helena Island, S. C., 46, 47, 48, 49, 51. St. John's River, Fla., 151, 179, 184. St. Mary, Confederate steamer, 153. St. Mary's River, Fla., 154,155, 172. St. Simon's Island, Ga., 39, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47. St. Stephen's Depot, S. C., 284. Staggett's Mill, S. C., 308. Stanton, Edwin M., 2. State Road, 256, 263, 266. Statesburg, S. C., 296, 298, 299, 300, 306. Stearns, George L., 11, 12. Stearns, Mary E., 16. Stephens, George E., 12, 56, 92, 166, 315. Stephenson, J. H., 15, 23. Steuart, George H., 196. Stevens, Atherton H., Jr., 152. Stevens, Edward L., 184, 237, 276, 291, 292, 293, 302, 303, 304, 305. Stevens, T. H., 128. Stevenson, Thomas G., 53, 63, 74, 85, 87, 103, 106, 143. Stewart, Henry, 131. Stewart plantation, 263, 265, 266. Stiles, Joseph, 202. Sterling, J. R., 12. Stone, Lincoln R., 34, 64, 75, 103,105, 109. 145. Stono Inlet, S. C., 51, 141, 186, 197, 200, 215, 234. Stono River, 53,