in command of the regiment during Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
's absence; and Lieut. David Reid
acted as quartermaster while Lieutenant Ritchie
Thanksgiving Day, November 24, Colonel Hallowell
assembled the regiment and conducted proper services.
Afterward there were foot and sack races on the beach, ‘Spanish horse,’ and various sports.
In the evening the Shaw Glee Club gave a musical performance in the storehouse of the post quartermaster.
Orders were received on the 24th for the Fifty-fourth to be prepared for moving at short notice.
When the departure took place, Colonel Hallowell
remained in command of Morris Island
with Captain Walton
and Lieutenant Duren
on his staff.
with Company F at Battery Purviance
, Lieutenant Newell
with Company B at Fort Green
, and Lieutenant Edmands
with part of Company F at Black Island
remained at their posts.
Companies C and I at Black Island
were relieved by two companies of the Fifty-second Pennsylvania, under Capt. John B. Fisk
, and reported at camp to proceed with the regiment.
was ordered to remain in charge of the camp and sick on Morris Island
Owing to the scarcity of transportation, the Fifty-fourth departed in detachments.
Acting Major Pope
, with Companies A, D, I, and K, crossed to Folly Island
on the evening of the 26th, made a night march, and arrived at Stono
At dark the next day this force embarked with the Fifty-sixth New York and General Hatch
and staff on the ‘Cosmopolitan,’ reaching Hilton Head
on the 28th. Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
, with Companies C, E, G, and H, left Morris Island
on the steamer ‘General Hooker
’ on the 27th, arriving at Hilton Head