that the navy would run past the batteries into the harbor.
and the Navy Department thought otherwise, declining to risk the vessels in the attempt.
about August 23 applied for sick leave and shortly went north.
In consequence Captain Emilio
again became the senior officer
and was at times in charge of the regiment until the middle of October.
On the 23d the brigade was reviewed on the beach by General Gillmore
, accompanied by General Terry
The latter complimented the Fifty-fourth on its appearance.
That evening Captain Emilio
and Lieutenant Higginson
took one hundred and fifty men for grand guard, reporting to Col. Jos. R. Hawley
, Seventh Connecticut, field-officer of the trenches.
This was the first detail other than fatigue since July 21.
The detachment relieved troops in the second parallel.
During the night it was very stormy, the rain standing in pools in the trenches.
But few shots were fired.
's bells could be heard when all was still.
At midnight the Swamp
Angel again opened on the city.
About 10 A. M., on the 24th, Wagner
both opened on us, the former with grape and canister sweeping the advanced works.
In the camp, by reason of rain and high tides, the water was several inches deep in the tents on lowest ground.
A new brigade—the Fourth—was formed on the 24th, composed of the Second South Carolina, Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, and Third United States Colored Troops (the latter a new regiment from the north), under Colonel Montgomery
About dark on the 25th a force was again advanced against the enemy's picket, but was repulsed.
It was found that a determined effort must be made to carry the sand ridge crowned by the enemy's rifle-pits.
Just before dark