Although it rained very frequently, the moisture was speedily absorbed by the sandy soil.
There was a terrible thunder-storm on the 28th, accompanied with such violent wind that many tents were blown down.
One man was killed, and several stunned, by lightning, in adjoining camps.
Being near the water, sea-bathing was convenient and thoroughly enjoyed.
A few trees, shrubbery, and some negro houses bounded the prospect landward.
There was swampy ground in front of the camp.
Beyond and back from the shore line were many plantations and fine woods.
Remains of former camps were found everywhere.
Many contrabands were employed planting under Northern men.
While at this camp the condition of the regiment was excellent, and the men in high spirits, eager for service.
Drills went on incessantly.
A musician of the Fortyeighth New York was instructing the band.
On the 30th, the Fifty-fourth was mustered for pay. It was then first rumored that the terms of enlistment would not be adhered to by the Government
The situation is best evidenced by the following letter of Colonel Shaw