filled upon Morris Island
and taken out in boats.
A twohundred-pounder Parrott gun was lightered out to the work at night with great difficulty.
Its fire reached Charleston
, a distance of 8,800 yards. This gun burst after the first few discharges.
Later, two mortars were mounted in the work in place of the gun. Capt. Lewis S. Payne
, One Hundredth New York, the most daring scout of our forces, at night, August 3, while at Payne
's dock, was captured with a few men.
August 5 the men were informed that the Government
was ready to pay them $10 per month, less $3 deducted for clothing.
The offer was refused, although many had suffering families.
About this time a number of men were detached, or detailed, as clerks, butchers, and as hands on the steamers Escort
Work was begun on the third parallel within four hundred yards of Wagner
on the night of the 9th.
When completed, it was one hundred yards in length, as the island narrowed.
Water was struck at a slight depth.
The weather was excessively hot, and flies and sand-fleas tormenting.
Only sea-bathing and cooler nights made living endurable.
The Fifty-fourth was excused from turning out at reveille in consequence of excessive work, for we were daily furnishing parties reporting to Lieut. P. S. Michie
, United States Engineers, at the Left Batteries, and to Colonel Serrell
at the ‘Lookout.’
Fancied security of the Fifty-fourth camp so far from the front was rudely dispelled at dark on August 13 by a shell from James Island
bursting near Surgeon Stone
These unpleasant visits were not frequent, seemingly being efforts of the enemy to try the extreme range of their guns.
Reinforcements, consisting of Gen. George H. Gordon