was given the advance, moving at 9.30 o'clock that night, followed by the other regiments, the route being pointed out by guides from the engineers, who accompanied the head of column.
All stores, ammunition, and horses of the Fifty-fourth were put on board the steamer Boston
by Quartermaster Ritchie
, who, with his men, worked all night in the mud and rain.
Surgeon Lincoln R. Stone
of the Fifty-fourth and Surgeon Samuel A. Green
of the Twenty-fourth Massachusetts saw that all the wounded were properly cared for, and also embarked.
It was a stormy night, with frequent flashes of lightning, and pouring rain.
, at the proper time, saw to the withdrawal of the Fifty-second Pennsylvania, which held the front lines.
So silently was the operation accomplished that the enemy did not discover our evacuation until daylight.
When the Fifty-sixth New York, the rear-guard, had crossed the bridge leading from James Island
, at 1 A. M., on the 17th, it was effectually destroyed, thus rendering pursuit difficult.
That night's march was a memorable one, for the difficulties of the way were exceptional, and only to be encountered upon the Sea
After passing the bridge, the road led along narrow causeways and paths only wide enough for two men to pass abreast; over swamps, and streams bridged for long distances by structures of frail piling, supporting one or two planks with no hand-rail.
A driving rain poured down nearly the whole time, and the darkness was intense.
Blinding flashes of lightning momentarily illumined the way, then fading but to render the blackness deeper.
Throughout most of the march the men were obliged to