quartermaster's stores, the Fifty-fourth was engaged, in common with all the troops on the island, furnishing large details.
So many men were called for that but a small camp guard could be maintained, and at times noncommis-sioned officers volunteered to stand on post.
Col. M. S. Littlefield
, Fourth South Carolina Colored, on July 24, was temporarily assigned to command the Fifty-fourth.
The colonel's own regiment numbered but a few score of men, and this appointment seemed as if given to secure him command commensurate with the rank he held.
It gave rise to much criticism in Massachusetts
as well as in the regiment, for it was made contrary to custom and without the knowledge of Governor Andrew
Though silently dissatisfied, the officers rendered him cheerful service.
Anticipating a bombardment of Sumter
, the enemy were busy strengthening the gorge or south wall with both cotton-bales and sand-bags.
A partial disarmament of the fort was being effected.
was kept in repair by constant labor at night.
To strengthen their circle of batteries the enemy were busy upon new works on James Island
About 10 A. M., on the 24th, the Confederate steamer Alice
ran down and was met by the ‘Cosmopolitan,’ when thirty-eight Confederates were given up, and we received one hundred and five wounded, including three officers.
There was complaint by our men that the Confederates
had neglected their wounds, of the unskilful surgical treatment received, and that unnecessary amputations were suffered.
From Col. Edward C. Anderson
it was ascertained that the Fifty-fourth's prisoners would not be given up, and Colonel Shaw
's death was confirmed.