rebel officers captured.
Col. Chas. H. Olmstead
, commanding post.
Major John Foley
Adjutant M. H. Hopkins
Quartermaster Robert Irwin
Commissaries Robert D. Walker
, J. T. McFarland
Sergeant-Major Robert H. Lewis
Quartermaster's Sergeant Wm. C. Crawford
Ordnance Sergeant Harvey Sims
officers of the Montgomery guard, Savannah
Capt. L. J. Gilmartin
, First Lieut. John J. Symons
, Senior Second Lieut. Christopher Hussey
, Junior Second Lieut. C. M. Murphy
German Volunteers, Savannah
Capt. John H. Steigen
, Senior Second Lieut. Henry Warner
, Junior Second Lieut. Charles Umback
light infantry, Savannah
Capt. T. W. Sims
, First Lieut. H. C. Truman
, Junior Second Lieut. James Ackerman
guard, Macon County, Ga.
Capt. M. J. McMullin
, First Lieut. T. W. Montfort
, Senior Second Lieut. J. D. N. Lullow
, Junior Second Lieut. John Blow
Washington Volunteers, Savannah
Capt. John McMahon
, First Lieut. Francis Blair
, Senior Second Lieut. J. C. Rowland
, Junior Second Lieut. A. J. McArthur
Account by a participant.
On the eighth of April, Gen. Hunter
and staff went ashore on Tybee Island
It was intended to open fire the next morning, but a delay of one day was found necessary.
did not take up his headquarters ashore, though he visited the batteries, and on the first day of the bombardment remained at them.
was in the action both days, but the command was left with General Gilmore
. Capt. Pelouze
, late Adjutant-General
on Gen. Sherman
's staff, and now Inspector-General
of the Department of the South, volunteered to take command of a battery, and was assigned to two. Lieut. Wilson
, who had been engaged in drilling his men, at their guns for several days, acted on the staff of Gen. Gilmore
, and exercised a sort of supervision of several of the batteries in conjunction with Lieut. Porter
On the night of the ninth I rode with Lieut. Porter
through the batteries.
His object was to ascertain if it would be possible to open fire at sunrise in the morning.
We visited each battery in turn: first the two mortar-batteries, Stanton
, the furthest from the Fort
These were to be commanded by Capts. Skinner
, of the Connecticut Seventh.
Then batteries Lyon and Lincoln, under Capt. Pelouze
. One of them mounted three ten-inch, and the other three eight-inch columbiads.
All of these four works were more than three thousand yards from Pulaski
Battery Burnside, under command of Sergeant Wilson
, of the Ordnance, mounted one thirteen-inch mortar; battery Sherman
commanded by Capt. Francis
, consisted of three thirteen-inch mortars.
There stretched out an interval of ground beyond this battery, half a mile or more, entirely exposed.
One battery, (Halleck, Capt. Sanford
,) only interrupted it. Halleck
was two thousand four hundred yards from the Fort
, and contained the last of the thirteen-inch mortars.
The next was battery Scott, Capt. Mason
, of the Third Rhode Island, only one thousand six hundred and seventy-seven yards from Fort Pulaski
It containe three teninch columbiads, and one eight-inch. Next came battery Sigel, Captain Seldeneck
, of the Forty-sixth New-York, and battery McClellan, Capt. Rodgers
Both of these, which were side by side, were one thousand six hundred and twenty yards distant from the centre of Pulaski
The former mounted one twenty-four-pound James
, and five twenty-pound Parrott guns; the latter two twelve pound James
, and two thirty-two-pound James Last of all was battery Totten, under Capt. Rod
man, where were placed the four ten-inch mortars.
All of these nearest batteries were very close together, and, as they were to be so much exposed, connected by trenches or covered ways.
The splinter-proofs now were immediately in the rear of the batteries, so that the men could pass directly from their guns to cover.
These works were erected on a narrow strip of fast land, and just behind them was a wide swamp, into which it was hoped that most of the enemy's shells would fall.
The batteries, though open, were still admirably protected.
A man could scarcely be hurt, unless in passing between them, or in the event of a shell falling directly into the works and exploding; when, of course, all in the neighborhood were endangered.
The swamp extends into the interior of the Island
, and seemed likely to receive some of the shot and shell aimed at the lower batteries, but its position in the rear of those most exposed seemed almost providential.
Men were very busily at work without lanterns, at every one of the batteries, piling or filling shells, building revetments to render the parapets still more secure, lowering the terrepleins, deepening the trenches.
went around to each gun, to ascertain if its captain was prepared with whatever would be necessary on the morrow.
Some wanted one implement, and some another; these had no priming-wire, and those no friction-tube All the thousand little needs that spring up invariably in an emergency