July, 1885, through the information furnished by Lieutenant Whitney
, secretary of the ‘Association of Officers Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers,’ their bodies were removed to the National Cemetery
at Florence, S. C. Lieutenant Stevens
was a genial comrade and brave officer.
He must have been the last officer, or one of the very last officers, killed in action during the Rebellion
's by a cross-road, the Fifty-fourth marched to the pike and re-joined the division, which proceeded several miles and camped for the night, after making twelve miles that day. A thunder-storm prevailed, the rain continuing all night.
At this camp Colonel Chipman
, with the right wing of the One Hundred and Second United States Colored Troops, joined Potter
's force, having left Charleston
April 11, crossed the Santee
at Wright's Bluff, and made a bold march, meeting the enemy and losing some men.
April 19, a start was made at 6 A. M., the First Brigade in the lead, the Second Brigade following with the Fifty-fourth as rear-guard.
Hardly had the column left camp and passed from the woods into open country, when the enemy was found posted behind breastworks of rails, supported by a piece of artillery.
The Twenty-fifth Ohio and One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York on the road and flank soon drove him thence, and later, from another stand on higher ground, until he retired across Big Rafting Creek
Some forty or fifty of the enemy followed the Fifty fourth in rear during the march, occasionally firing upon us. Reaching the creek, the main body engaged the attention of the foe, while the One Hundred and Second and a wing of the Thirty-second went to flank him on the right; the other wing of the Thirty-second, and the One Hundred and