In the daytime two men were stationed on higher points to watch the enemy's batteries.
Whenever a puff of smoke was seen these ‘lookouts’ called loudly, ‘Cover!’
adding the name by which that particular battery was known.
Instantly the workers dropped shovels and tools, jumped into the trench, and, close-covered, waited the coming of the shot or shell, which having exploded, passed, or struck, the work was again resumed.
Some of the newer batteries of the enemy were known by peculiar or characteristic names, as ‘Bull
in the Woods,’ ‘Mud Digger,’ and ‘Peanut Battery.’
At night the men worked better, for the shells could be seen by reason of the burning fuses, and their direction taken; unless coming in the direction of the toilers, the work went on. Becoming accustomed to their exposure, in a short time this ‘dodging shells’ was reduced almost to a scientific calculation by the men. Most of all they dreaded mortar-shells, which, describing a curved course in the sky, poised for a moment apparently, then, bursting, dropped their fragments from directly overhead.
Bomb or splinter proofs alone protected the men from such missiles, but most of the work was in open trenches.
Occasionally solid shot were thrown, which at times could be distinctly seen bounding over the sandhills, or burying themselves in the parapets.
Our batteries and the navy were still beating down the walls of Sumter
on the 23d, their shots sweeping through it. That day Colonel Rhett
, the commander, and four other officers were there wounded.
in ruins, the breaching fire ceased that evening, and General Gillmore
reported that he ‘considered the fort no longer a fit work from which to use artillery.’
He then deemed his part of the work against Charleston
accomplished, and expected