, slightly wounded, who was among the last to leave the sand hills near the fort, joined this force.
Desultory firing was still going on, and after a time, being informed that some troops were in the open ground, the force, numbering some two hundred, was formed by its commander, and advanced from the rifle trench.
It is believed this was the only organized body of rallied men ready and able to support Stevenson
's brigade, which alone was prepared after the repulse of the others to resist attack.
Presently the Twenty-fourth Massachusetts was encountered; but upon reporting, it was found that support was not required.
Marching back to the still deserted trench, that line was again occupied.
By midnight firing entirely ceased.
About 1 A. M., on the 19th, a mounted officer rode up, inquired what force held the trench, and asked for the commanding officer
. Captain Emilio
responded, and recognized General Stevenson
, who thanked him for the support given the reserve brigade, and his dispositions for holding the line.
He was also informed that a regiment would be sent to relieve his men, and shortly after, the Tenth Connecticut arrived for that purpose.
When this was done, the white soldiers were formed into detachments by regiments, and sent to find their colors.
The Fifty-fourth men were then marched to the rear, and after proceeding a short distance down the beach, encountered Lieutenants Jewett
, and Appleton
, with some of the men. There the Fifty-fourth bivouacked for the night, under the shelter of the sand-bluffs.
Although the storming column and supports did not move forward with a close formation and promptness in