took command of his regiment on the 10th.
Quartered in the Citadel, the Fifty-fourth entered upon the usual duties incident to guard and patrol service in the Upper District
of the city.
The event of each morning was guard mounting on Citadel Square, which always attracted numbers of colored people, young and old, to witness the evolutions and listen to the martial music.
It was agreeable service for all. When off duty officers had the range of the city and its attractions.
The men were allowed frequent passes outside the spacious Citadel grounds, making friends with the colored people, which in some cases resulted in a partnership for life.
Charleston at this time was slowly recovering from the effects of war and the siege.
There was a growing trade in merchantable articles.
The churches were turned over to their several congregations.
The negroes who flocked in from the country greatly increased the population.
This soon resulted in a heavy death-rate among this class, which at one time reached one hundred per week.
Whites and blacks were closely watching the political developments, causing much friction.
was the Collector
of the Port, and Mr. Sawyer Inspector
of Internal Revenue.
Some arrests of prominent Secessionists were made,--notably that of George A. Trenholm
, the Confederate Secretary of the Treasury
Prominent citizens were returning.
Among them were Theodore D. Wagner
, J. B. Campbell
, James H. Taylor
, William Gregg
, Motte A. Pringle
, and Judge William Pringle
. General Hatch
was occupying the fine mansion of the latter gentleman, situated on King Street, as his headquarters.
Some cotton was coming in, and more was expected as soon as the railroads