on the 5th moved forward some miles and took post at the ‘Huts.’
He occupied a good defensive line behind a creek, crossed at one point by a bridge.
The failure to push on to the head of John's Island
that day, before the enemy had concentrated there, was unfortunate, for they posted several guns of the Marion Artillery on a hill supported by infantry, and on the 6th shelled Hatch
All the day-hours of the 6th the Fifty-fourth was resting in bivouac.
At 8 P. M., a picket of four officers and 132 men under Captain Bridge
went out in front of the right.
The weather was more comfortable.
It was very apparent that the enemy was stronger.
The succeeding day, on the lines, only an occasional shell from the enemy disturbed the quietness.
A mail came in the afternoon.
Supplies were more abundant; and from sutlers at Cole's Island
some additions to the army fare were procured.
In the morning the naval vessels shelled Pringle
and the woods until later, when they concentrated upon the battery.
During the ensuing evening Colonel Montgomery
's brigade was sent to join General Hatch
. General Birney
had returned to Florida
At John's Island
on the 7th, Colonel Silliman
, with his regiment, the Twenty-sixth United States Colored Troops, supported by Lieutenant Wildt
's section of Battery B, Third New York, made a gallant but unsuccessful attempt to capture the enemy's field-guns on the hill beyond the lines.
Some ninety-seven men were killed and wounded.
was considerably reinforced by this date from Atlanta
He also stripped Sullivan's Island
of troops to confront us.
Quietness reigned at James Island
on the 8th during