During the heated term, which began with the month and seemed interminable, we went about arrayed in as few clothes as possible.
The blazing sun heated the sand beneath our feet, and reflected from land and sea, dazzled the eyes.
No relief came until nightfall, when the sea breeze sprang up. On the 21st a change of weather brought cooler temperature for some days.
, the efficient agent of the Sanitary Commission on Morris Island
, was supplying the troops with stores.
Ice was still scarce.
For some weeks Sumter
had been bombarded with unusual vigor, as during our season of quietness the enemy had constructed two large bombproofs there, and mounted five guns on the channel face.
It was estimated that one hundred of the garrison were killed or wounded during this latest bombardment.
, its commander, was killed, July 19, by a mortar-shell, and was succeeded by Capt. T. A. Huguenin
, First South Carolina (regulars), who continued in charge until its final abandonment.
A special exchange of the fifty Confederate officers for the same number of ours in Charleston
was effected on August 3.
The released officers were received with cheers and a display of flags from the vessels., From Edward R. Henderson
, steward of the truce boat Cosmopolitan, Quartermaster Ritchie
received a list containing forty names of Fifty-fourth prisoners captured July 16 and 18, 1863, which was smuggled out by an exchanged officer.
Maj.-Gen. Daniel Sickles
, who was on a tour of inspection, landed on Morris Island
on the 3d, accompanied by General Foster
, and was received with a salute of thirteen guns.
During the succeeding night two officers of the One