Every purpose of the movement having been accomplished, on April 21 the return to Georgetown
It was about one hundred miles distant by the proposed route through Manchester
Early that morning three companies of the One Hundred and Second United States Colored Troops on picket were attacked by two hundred of the enemy, whom they repulsed.
The column started at 6 A. M., the Second Brigade in advance, moving over the Santee River
Our rear-guard was the Twenty-fifth Ohio, the enemy following and attacking near Manning
's plantation, but they were driven back.
John L. Manning
, a former governor of South Carolina
, was at home.
He was a distinguished man and one of the leaders of the Union party in nullification times.
After the war he was elected United States Senator
, but was not allowed to take his seat.
He died only recently.
While we were at his plantation, a Confederate officer came to the outposts with a flag of truce, to notify General Potter
that an armistice had been concluded between Generals Sherman
Hostilities were not to be renewed without forty-eight hours notice.
This great news created the most intense joy and excitement, for it seemed to end the war, as the Rebels
Cheers without number were given, and congratulations exchanged.
Then the Fifty-fourth was brought to a field, where the last shots loaded with hostile intent were fired as a salute.
Soon after, the march was resumed in sultry weather with frequent showers.
Ten miles from the Santee
the division bivouacked after completing a journey of twenty miles.
On the 22d the troops continued on over the Santee
When opposite Wright's Bluff, the wounded, sick, and about