sent the Fifty-fourth forward under the lieutenant-colonel
toward the front, moving by the middle road west of the sand-hills.
Gaining a point where these elevations gave place to low ground, the long blue line of the regiment advancing by the flank attracted the attention of the enemy's gunners on James Island
Several solid shot were fired at the column, without doing any damage, but they ricochetted ahead or over the line in dangerous proximity.
Realizing that the national colors and the white flag of the State
especially attracted the enemy's fire, the bearers began to roll them up on the staves.
At the same moment, Captain Simpkins
, commanding the color company (K) turned to observe his men. His quick eye noted the half-furled flags, and his gallant spirit took fire in a moment at the sight.
Pointing to the flags with uplifted sword, he commanded in imperative tones, ‘Unfurl those colors!’
It was done, and the fluttering silks again waved, untrammelled, in the air.
, at about 6.30 P. M., mounted and accompanied General Strong
toward the front.
After proceeding a short distance, he turned back, and gave to Mr. Edward L. Pierce
, a personal friend, who had been General Strong
's guest for several days, his letters and some papers, with a request to forward them to his family if anything occurred to him requiring such service.
That sudden purpose accomplished, he galloped away, overtook the regiment, and informed Lieutenant-Colonel Hallowell
of what the Fifty-fourth was expected to do. The direction was changed to the right, advancing east toward the sea. By orders, Lieutenant-Colonel Hallowell
broke the column at the sixth company, and led the companies of