the dock, through deep sands, and across semi-marsh overflowed by the tide.
It broke down three sling-carts.
It was about a week on the way, and in the daytime it was covered with brush and weeds to conceal it from the enemy.
Not only were the batteries mostly built, but all the guns were mounted, at night.
Most of the work was done under fire.
At this period there sprang into existence a battery built in the marsh between Morris
and James Islands
, which has become famous as the “Swamp Angel
,” and as such will go down to history.
Its construction was early determined upon, and the suggestion, we believe, was that of Colonel Serrell
, commanding the New York Volunteer Engineers.
It was expected that shells thrown from it would reach the city and probably cause the enemy to evacuate.
The spot chosen was almost a mile from Morris Island
, and nearly on a line between what were known as the “left batteries” and Charleston
, on the edge of a deep creek that served as a wet ditch.
On reconnoitering the locality it was found that a pole could be run down sixteen feet anywhere thereabouts before coming to bottom.
The active part of the work was assigned to a lieutenant of engineers who, when shown where the battery was to be built, pronounced the thing impracticable.
The colonel replied that the project was practicable, and the battery must be built on the spot selected.
The officer was directed to call for anything he might deem necessary for the work.
The next day he made a requisition on the quartermaster for one hundred men, eighteen feet high, to wade through mud sixteen feet deep, and immediately called on the surgeon of his regiment and inquired if he could splice the men if furnished.
This piece of pleasantry cost the lieutenant his arrest, and the battery was built by men of ordinary stature.
A heavy foundation of pine logs was laid in the mud, on which the battery was built entirely of sand-bags.
The timber was hauled several miles from Folly Island
The bags were filled with sand on the island and taken to the battery in boats.
All the work was done at night, for the eyes of a watchful enemy were upon all our movements.
They knew we were at some mischief so far out on the marsh, but did not realize the truth until they looked across one bright morning and saw that, like Jonah's gourd, a battery had grown up in the night.
It was commenced on the 4th and completed on the 19th of August.
The sand-bags cost five thousand dollars. The battery was mounted with a two hundred-pounder Parrott
, and great labor was required to put it in position.
It was hauled to the edge of the marsh, where it was embarked on a raft in the creek, and thus floated down to the battery.