and about the same time firing from Wagner
ceased, and not a man was to be seen there.
During the afternoon the troops were moving from their camps toward the front.
Late in the day the belief was general that the enemy had been driven from his shelter, and the armament of Wagner
, after calling his chief officers together for conference, decided to attack that evening, and the admiral was so notified.
Firing from land and sea was still kept up with decreased rapidity, while the troops were preparing.
Upon arriving at Morris Island
, Colonel Shaw
and Adjutant James
walked toward the front to report to General Strong
, whom they at last found, and who announced that Fort Wagner
was to be stormed that evening.
Knowing Colonel Shaw
's desire to place his men beside white troops, he said, ‘You may lead the column, if you say “yes.”
Your men, I know, are worn out, but do as you choose.’
's face brightened, and before replying, he requested Adjutant James
to return and have Lieutenant-Colonel Hallowell
bring up the Fifty-fourth. Adjutant James
, who relates this interview, then departed on his mission.
Receiving this order, the regiment marched on to General Strong
's headquarters, where a halt of five minutes was made about 6 o'clock P. M. Noticing the worn look of the men, who had passed two days without an issue of rations, and no food since morning, when the weary march began, the general expressed his sympathy and his great desire that they might have food and stimulant.
It could not be, however, for it was necessary that the regiment should move on to the position assigned.
Detaining Colonel Shaw
to take supper with him,