Mason's Bridge on the State
road, over the Tullifinny
, and throwing out a skirmish line, intrenched, awaiting reinforcements.
December 7, orders came for the abandonment of the cross-road at Boyd
directed the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts, the cavalry, and some artillery to remain and hold the landing covered by the gunboat Pontiac.
About midnight the pickets were drawn in by Captain Emilio
, brigade officer of the day, and joined the Fifty-fourth, which had marched to the landing.
From its arrival until nearly daylight, the regiment was embarking amid a heavy rain-storm on the steamer Mayflower,
on which were General Hatch
and Colonel Silliman
Our transport started out of the creek when day dawned, ran up Broad River
, and into the Tullifinny
, where she grounded.
Small craft were brought, and the command was ferried to the lower landing, while rain still poured down.
without delay, soon after 2 P. M., marched to the front, where the regiment formed division column and bivouacked.
, upon receiving news of our invasion of Devaux's Neck, gathered a force to attack us. Col. A. C. Edwards
, Forty-seventh Georgia, with his regiment, a battalion of the Thirty-second Georgia, Major White
's battalion of South Carolina
Cadets, and the German Artillery (four guns), was to move from the Tullifinny
trestle-bridge, and give battle.
, with the Coosawhatchie
force, was ordered against our left.
At 7 A. M. on the 7th, covered in their advance to within sixty yards of our front, by a heavy growth of timber and foggy weather, the enemy moved to surprise us. He first struck the Thirty-second United-States
Colored Troops, causing severe losses; but