Third New Hampshire were detailed as the guard of the advance trenches.
An event of the 20th was the firing for the first time of the great three-hundred-pounder Parrott
It broke down three sling-carts, and required a total of 2,500 days labor before it was mounted.
While in transit it was only moved at night, and covered with a tarpaulin and grass during the daytime.
The enemy fired one hundred and sixteen shots at the Swamp
Angel from James Island
, but only one struck.
's flag was shot away twice on the 20th.
All the guns on the south face were disabled.
Heavy fire from land and sea continued on the 21st, and Sumter
A letter from Gillmore
was sent on the 21st, demanding the surrender of Morris Island
, under penalty, if not complied with, of the city being shelled.
The latter replied, threatening retaliation.
Our fourth parallel was opened that night 350 yards from Wagner
, and the One Hundredth New York unsuccessfully attempted to drive the enemy's pickets from a small ridge two hundred yards in front of Wagner
Angel opened on Charleston
at 1.30 A. M. on the 22d.
By one shell a small fire was started there.
Many non-combatants left the city.
now daily gave a sharp fire on our advanced works to delay progress.
The ‘New Ironsides’ as often engaged that work with great effect.
Late on the 22d a truce boat came from Charleston
, causing firing to be temporarily suspended.
Although almost daily the Fifty-fourth had more or less men at the front, it had suffered no casualties.
The men were employed at this period in throwing up parapets, enlarging the trenches, covering the slopes, turfing the batteries, filling sand-bags, and other labors incident to the