's First Connecticut Battery arrived from Beaufort
on the 14th.
Between the 10th and 16th there had arrived for the enemy from Georgia
and North Carolina
two four-gun batteries and six regiments of infantry.
also reduced his force on Morris Island
and concentrated on James, under command of Brig.-Gen. Johnson Hagood
still kept Terry
there, inviting attack, although the purpose of the diversion had been accomplished.
On the 15th the enemy demonstrated in front of the Tenth Connecticut pickets.
It was rumored that two scouts had been seen about our lines.
Some thought had been given to securing a line of retreat; for the engineers were reconstructing the broken bridge leading from James Island
, and repairing causeways, dikes, and foot-bridges across the marshes along the old road to Cole's Island
, formerly used by the Confederates
Companies B, H, and K, of the Fifty-fourth, under command of Captain Willard
, were detailed for picket on the 15th, and about 6 P. M. relieved men of Davis
and Lieutenant Howard
, with Company H, held the right from near a creek, over rolling ground and rather open country covered with high grass and thistles.
and Lieut. R. H. L. Jewett
held the left of the Fifty-fourth line with Company K and a portion of Company B.
It was over lower ground, running obliquely through a growth of small timber and brush.
There was a broken bridge in the front.
A reserve, consisting of the remainder of Company B, under Lieut. Thomas L. Appleton
, was held at a stone house.
's force was five officers and about two