Further sums were subsequently sent by the Fifty-fourth, until, on the last of October, the total contributed by them was $2,832. A much larger amount would have been given had it been proposed to erect the monument elsewhere than near Fort Wagner
It was then seen that what has since occurred would take place,—the sea was gradually washing away Morris Island
at that point.
Besides, there was no confidence that a monument erected on South Carolina
soil would be respected when the Union
forces were withdrawn.
Ultimately the project was given up and the money used to aid in establishing a free school for colored children in Charleston
, bearing Colonel Shaw
Efforts were made in the North
to erect some memorial to our colonel.
One fund at least exists.
To this day no object stands in public place to point the lesson of Shaw
's life and glorious death.
Nevertheless he lives in memory, and his work renders his name immortal.
A large steamer on the night of October 5, in attempting to run into Charleston
, struck a wreck and sank, showing only her masts above water when daylight came.
On the 8th the weather suddenly grew colder, with lower temperature the next day, when a chilling northwest wind blew.
We received forty-seven recruits on the 11th, who had looked forward to joining the regiment of their choice.
As our rolls were full, they were transferred, to the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts on Folly Island
Our musicians were made happy by the receipt of twelve brass drums.
Still another change of post commander occurred on the 19th, when Colonel Hallowell
relieved Colonel Van Wyck
, who went North temporarily.
, when informed that the Union
officers under fire in Charleston
were removed elsewhere, ordered