Fifty-fourth had borne more than its share of labor, for it was exclusively employed on fatigue duty, which was not the case with the white troops.
There had been no time for drill or discipline.
Every moment in camp was needed to rest the exhausted men and officers.
The faces and forms of all showed plainly at what cost this labor was done.
Clothes were in rags, shoes worn out, and haversacks full of holes.
On the 16th the medical staff was increased by the arrival of Asst.-Surg. G. M. Pease
. Lieut. Charles Silva
, Fourth South Carolina (colored), was detached to the Fifty-fourth on the 21st, doing duty until November 6.
Shortly after daybreak, August 17, the first bombardment of Sumter
began from the land batteries, the navy soon joining in action.
The fire of certain guns was directed against Wagner
Capt. J. M. Wampler
, the engineer officer
, and Capt. George W. Rodgers
and Paymaster Woodbury
of the monitor Catskill
was pierced time and again until the walls looked like a honeycomb.
All the guns on the northwest face were disabled, besides seven others.
A heavy gale came on the 18th, causing a sand-storm on the island and seriously interfering with gun practice.
Lieut. Henry Holbrook
, Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, was mortally wounded by a shell.
By premature explosion of one of our shells, Lieut. A. F. Webb
, Fortieth Massachusetts, was killed and several men wounded at night on the 19th.
The water stood in some of the trenches a foot and a half deep.
Our sap was run from the left of the third parallel that morning.
The One Hundredth New York, Eighty-fifth Pennsylvania, and