All suspense regarding the employment of the Fifty-fourth ended July 8, with the receipt, about noon, of orders to move at an hour's notice, taking only blankets and rations.
Three hours after, the regiment began to embark, headquarters with seven companies finding transportation on the steamer Chasseur,
the remaining ones on the steamer Cossack,
with Colonel Montgomery
, with a guard of one hundred men, was detailed to remain at St. Helena in charge of the camp.
also remained with the sick.
and Lieutenant Walton
were unable to go on account of illness.
A start was made late in the afternoon in a thunder-storm, the ‘Cossack
’ stopping at Hilton Head
to take on Captain Emilio
and a detail of ninety men there.
The following night was made miserable by wet clothes, a scarcity of water, and the crowded condition of the small steamers.
About 1 A. M. on the 9th, the transports arrived off Stono Inlet
; the bar was crossed at noon; and anchors were cast off Folly Island
The inlet was full of transports, loaded with troops, gunboats, and supply vessels, betokening an important movement made openly.
's plans should be briefly stated.
He desired to gain possession of Morris Island
, then in the