All the strong positions along the railroad having been abandoned by the enemy, the road to Charleston
was now open to the Coast Division for an advance without opposition.
, on February 15, was ordered with the Fifty-fourth, One Hundred and Twenty-seventh New York, some artillery, and a small force of cavalry to proceed to Ashepoo
by way of a road above the railroad leading through Blue House
We moved at noon of a bright, warm day, the companies on picket joining the regiment as it passed.
From recent rain the road was heavy with clayey mud, making marching most wearisome.
There was constant delay passing through overflowed places, or while bridges were being repaired.
We reached Blue House
and a mile beyond at 8 P. M., making but six miles. Three bridges
had been rebuilt, and two more were reported just in front.
, finding it impossible to longer pursue that route, then moved back.
We were on a causeway, and in turning around, a wagon stalled and was abandoned.
The Fifty-fourth secured from it one hundred and thirty pairs of trousers and three hundred pairs of shoes, free of government charges.
After one of the hardest marches the Fifty-fourth ever made, we reached Salkehatchie
fort at 3 A. M. on the 16th.
Our advance troops were, on the 15th, at the junction of the roads to Jacksonboro
and Parker's Ferry