Out of thirty-nine Fifty-fourth men supposed to have been taken to Florence
, we have record of twelve who died before, and two immediately after release,—a fearful mortality in less than three months, and nearly four times as great as sustained in seventeen months at Charleston
Official reports give the loss of the Fifty-fourth at the battle of Olustee
, Feb. 20, 1864, as eight enlisted men missing, besides the killed and wounded.
The First North Carolina Infantry (afterwards the Thirty-fifth U. S. colored troops) and the Eighth U. S. colored troops were also engaged, and sustained losses in prisoners.
The roster in this history names eight men as captured.
But in a list of Federal wounded prisoners, signed by J. S. Morrell
C. S. A., dated at Lake City, Fla.
, March 31, 1864, and copied in the New York Herald of Apr. 13, 1864, are found the names of Jason Champlin
and William H. Morris
, of the Fifty-fourth, who in the roster are reported as missing.
These names are added, therefore, to the list, which is as follows:—