the left wing to the rear of those of the right wing.
When the sea beach was reached, the regiment halted and came to rest, awaiting the coming up of the supporting regiments.
had assigned to General Seymour
the command of the assaulting column, charging him with its organization, formation, and all the details of the attack.
His force was formed into three brigades of infantry: the first under General Strong
, composed of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, Sixth Connecticut, Fortyeighth New York, Third New Hampshire, Ninth Maine, and Seventy-sixth Pennsylvania; the second, under Col. Haldimand S. Putnam
, of his own regiment,—the Seventh New Hampshire,—One Hundredth New York, Sixtysecond and Sixty-seventh Ohio; the third, or reserve brigade, under Brig.-Gen. Thomas G. Stevenson
, of the Twenty-fourth Massachusetts, Tenth Connecticut, Ninetyseventh Pennsylvania
, and Second South Carolina. Four companies of the Seventh Connecticut, and some regular and volunteer artillery-men manned and served the guns of the siege line.
Formed in column of wings, with the right resting near the sea, at a short distance in advance of the works, the men of the Fifty-fourth were ordered to lie down, their muskets loaded but not capped, and bayonets fixed.
There the regiment remained for half an hour, while the formation of the storming column and reserve was perfected.
To the Fifty-fourth had been given the post of honor, not by chance, but by deliberate selection.
has stated the reasons why this honorable but dangerous duty was assigned the regiment in the following words:—