Having marched to the wharf, embarkation took place at once; but the start was not made until 9 A. M., when the steamer swung into the stream and ran down river, the men singing ‘John Brown
About a mile below town the steamer grounded, delaying arrival at Hilton Head
until noon. There Colonel Shaw
was instructed by General Hunter
to report to Colonel Montgomery
, at St. Simon's Island, Ga.
, and the ‘De Molay’ steamed out of harbor at 5.30 P. M.
After a rather rough voyage of some eighty miles during the night, the ‘De Molay’ dropped anchor at 6 A. M. in the sound off the southern point of St. Simon's Island. Colonel Shaw
landed and rode across the island to report to Colonel Montgomery
At noon the steamer Sentinel,
a small craft that looked like a canal-boat with a onestory house built upon it, came alongside, and eight companies were transferred, Companies A and C under Captain Appleton
remaining to get the cargo in readiness for a second trip.
The little steamer took the regiment up the winding river, along the west and inland shore of the island, past Gascoign's Bluff, where the Second South Carolina was encamped, to Pike's Bluff, some eight or ten miles, where the regiment disembarked on an old wharf.
It was a pretty spot on a plantation formerly owned by a Mr. Gould
There was a large two-story house surrounded by fine trees, and situated close to the wharf, which was taken for use as headquarters.
Close by it was an old barn in which the supplies were stored when they arrived.
On the edge of a cleared field the men pitched shelters for the night.
Col. James Montgomery
, commanding the post, was a