Nearly every night about this period escaped prisoners came into our lines at various points about Charleston
Each had a new and thrilling story to tell of trial and peril on the way; but all united in acknowledging the kindness and assistance of their only friends, the negroes.
Besides the departure of the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York, on the 21st, the Morris Island
garrison was further reduced by the transfer of the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh New York to Beaufort
This necessitated the detail the next day of Lieutenant Leonard
and Company K as provost guard, and Company A joined in that duty shortly after.
At a meeting of the officers on the 24th the Rev. James Lynch
, a colored man, was elected chaplain of the Fifty-fourth.
He was subsequently commissioned, but not mustered.
, of Company D, was appointed acting sergeant-major, and Wm. J. Netson
, principal musician.
With a diminished garrison the duties bore heavily on the remaining troops.
The Fifty-fourth began furnishing grand-guard details when relieved of the prisoners.
It was nearly two miles from the camp to Gregg
Reliefs going beyond Wagner
were exposed to the enemy's fire.
On this service, after the pickets were established on posts about the works, and along the water-fronts, the reserves were held inside the forts, sheltered in the damp and vermininfested bombproofs.
The officers were generally the guests of the permanent officers in charge, and occupied tents.
There were also the ceaseless calls for fatigue details to land ordnance and other stores at the wharf, drag guns to the front, and return disabled pieces to the depot, besides constant work repairing the batteries damaged by the enemy's fire or the elements.