noted man. He was born in Ohio
, in 1814.
, from 1856 to 1861, he was the central figure in the Free State
Early in the war he was for a time colonel of a Kansas regiment.
By bold raids into the enemy's country in 1863, he recruited his colored regiment.
He was a man of austere bearing, cool, deliberate, and of proved courage.
In personal appearance he was tall, spare, rather bowed, with gentle voice and quiet manner.
After his resignation in September, 1864, he returned to Kansas
, and died there in December, 1871.
, with five companies of his regiment, on June 6, had made an expedition from St. Simon
's up the Turtle River
and beyond, and destroyed a span of the railroad bridge over Buffalo Creek
. Quartermaster Ritchie
issued A and wall tents to the Fifty-fourth on June 10; and all were at work pitching camp and clearing the ground, when a steamer came to the wharf.
was on board, and hailing Colonel Shaw
from the deck, said, ‘How soon can you be ready to start on an expedition?’Colonel Shaw
replied, ‘In half an hour,’ and at once caused the long-roll to be sounded.
Hurried preparations were at once made, and at 6 P. M. eight companies of the regiment embarked on the ‘Sentinel.’
Companies F and C were left behind as a camp guard.
Running down the river to Montgomery
's camp, the armed transport John Adams
was found with troops on board.
Besides the Fifty-fourth, five companies of the Second South Carolina, and a section of Light Battery C, Third Rhode Island Artillery, under Lieut. William A. Sabin
, took part in the expedition.
Owing to the ‘Sentinel’ grounding after proceeding a short distance farther,