divided among the hungry men. Firing at the front had been heard from early morning, which toward noon was observed to have risen into a heavy cannonade.
After a march of some six miles, we arrived at Lighthouse Inlet
and rested, awaiting transportation.
Tuneful voices about the colors started the song, ‘When this Cruel War is Over,’ and the pathetic words of the chorus were taken up by others.
It was the last song of many; but few then thought it a requiem.
By ascending the sand-hills, we could see the distant vessels engaging Wagner
When all was prepared, the Fifty-fourth boarded a small steamer, landed on Morris Island
, about 5 P. M., and remained near the shore for further orders.
, on the 13th, began constructing four batteries, mounting forty-two guns and mortars, to damage the slopes and guns of Wagner
, which were completed under the enemy's fire, and in spite of a sortie at night, on the 14th.
He expected to open with them on the 16th; but heavy rains so delayed progress that all was not prepared until the 18th.
Beyond this siege line, which was 1,350 yards south of Wagner
, stretched a narrow strip of land between the sea and Vincent's Creek, with its marshes.
At low tide, the beach sand afforded a good pathway to the enemy's position; but at high tide, it was through deep, loose sand, and over low sand hillocks.
This stretch of sand was unobstructed, until at a point two hundred yards in front of Wagner
, the enemy had made a line of rifle trenches.
Some fifty yards nearer Wagner
, an easterly bend of the marsh extended to within twenty-five yards of the sea at high tide, forming a defile, through which an assaulting column must pass.