the steamer was by a leaky long-boat which would hold about thirty men. Definite orders came to report the regiment to General Strong
at Morris Island
without delay, and at 10 P. M. the embarkation began.
By the light of a single lantern the men were stowed in the boat.
Rain was pouring down in torrents, for a thunderstorm was raging.
Throughout that interminable night the long-boat was kept plying from shore to vessel and back, while those on land stood or crouched about in dripping clothes, awaiting their turn for ferriage to the steamer, whose dim light showed feebly in the gloom.
The boat journey was made with difficulty, for the current was strong, and the crowded soldiers obstructed the rowers in their task.
It was an all night's work.
saw personally to the embarkation; and as daylight was breaking he stepped in with the last boat-load, and himself guided the craft to the ‘Hunter
Thus with rare self-sacrifice and fine example, he shared the exposure of every man, when the comfortable cabin of the steamer was at his disposal from the evening before.