Fifty-fourth was at once directed to reoccupy the old picket line.
with two companies advanced, skirmishing; and the main body followed, encountering arms and equipments of the enemy strewn over a broad trail.
At the reserve house the regiment halted in support of a strong picket line thrown out. Parties were sent to scour the ground, finding several wounded men lying in the brush or in the marsh across the creek.
They also brought in the body of a Confederate, almost a child, with soft skin and long fair hair, red with his own blood.
This youthful victim of the fight was tenderly buried soon after.
Some of our dead at first appeared to be mutilated; but closer inspection revealed the fact that the fiddler-crabs, and not the enemy, did the work.
It was told by some of those who lay concealed, that where Confederate officers were, the colored soldiers had been protected; but that in other cases short shrift was given, and three men had been shot and others bayonetted.
had despatched Adjutant James
to report that the old line was re-established.
He returned with the following message from General Terry
: ‘Tell your colonel that I am exceedingly pleased with the conduct of your regiment.
They have done all they could do.’
During the afternoon a mail was received.
After reading their letters Colonel Shaw
and Lieutenant-Colonel Hallowell
The colonel asked the major if he believed in presentiments, and added that he felt he would be killed in the first action.
Asked to try to shake off the feeling, he quietly said, ‘I will try.’
reported his loss as three killed,