enemy's fire became more effective as the numbers of the Fifty-fourth diminished.
Hand grenades or lighted shells were rolled down the slope, or thrown over into the ditch.
All this time the remaining officers and men of the Fifty-fourth were firing at the hostile figures about the guns, or that they saw spring upon the parapet, fire, and jump away.
One brave fellow, with his broken arm lying across his breast, was piling cartridges upon it for Lieutenant Emerson
, who, like other officers, was using a musket he had picked up. Another soldier, tired of the enforced combat, climbed the slope to his fate; for in a moment his dead body rolled down again.
A particularly severe fire came from the southwest bastion.
There a Confederate was observed, who, stripped to the waist, with daring exposure for some time dealt out fatal shots; but at last three eager marksmen fired together, and he fell back into the fort, to appear no more.
Capt. J. W. M. Appleton
distinguished himself before the curtain.
He crawled into an embrasure, and with his pistol prevented the artillery-men from serving the gun. Private George Wilson
of Company A had been shot through both shoulders, but refused to go back until he had his captain's permission.
While occupied with this faithful soldier, who came to him as he lay in the embrasure, Captain Appleton
's attention was distracted, and the gun was fired.
In the fighting upon the slopes of Wagner
, Captains Russel
were killed or mortally wounded.
there received a severe wound in the shoulder.
All these events had taken place in a short period of