with a company.
Capt. Gustav Blau
and his men of the Fifty-fourth New York relieved our force at 9 P. M.
records that on the 4th, with General Foster
, he reconnoitred the enemy's position from a point on John's Island
across the Stono
, ‘right opposite Pringle
, in full view seventeen or eighteen hundred yards off.’
He recommended that a heavy battery be there established to enfilade the James Island
lines; but it was not done.
Our naval vessels fired slowly all that night.
, on the 4th, moved on the road toward the Stono
, making but six miles. He rested at a plantation where the road from Legareville
came into the one that he was following.
It was a terribly hot forenoon; little water could be found, and scores of men were sunstruck or fainted from fatigue and thirst.
At this halting-place the force from General Schimmelfennig
joined General Hatch
As it was feared many musket-charges had been spoiled by the rain of the previous day, all the regiments on James Island
were marched to the front at 9 A. M., on the 5th, and discharged their pieces at the enemy.
There was some light skirmishing.
A few shells came over the line from Secessionville
Our foe was busy erecting an earthwork and extending his trenches, seriously interfered with by the huge eleven and fifteen-inch shells of the navy and the fire of twelve-pounders from the decks of the monitors.
On the 5th the position of the Fifty-fourth was changed to the centre of General Schimmelfennig
's line, which it held with the Thirty-third United States Colored Troops, both regiments under Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper