the next day, therefore, a concentrated fire was maintained against this position for some time.
Col. F. A. Osborn
, Twenty-fourth Massachusetts, with his regiment, supported by the Third New Hampshire, Capt. Jas. F. Randlett
, then advanced and gallantly took the line in an instant, the enemy only having time to deliver one volley.
They captured sixty-seven men of the Sixty-first North Carolina.
Cover was soon made, a task in which the prisoners assisted to insure their own safety.
The Twenty-fourth lost Lieut. Jas. A. Perkins
and two enlisted men killed, and five wounded. Upon this ridge, two hundred yards from Wagner
, the fifth parallel was immediately opened.
Beyond it the works, when constructed, were a succession of short zigzags because of the narrow breadth of the island and the flanking and near fire of the Confederates
Our fire was being more directed at Wagner
, which forced its garrison to close their embrasures in the daytime.
It had also become more difficult to send their customary relieving force every third day to Morris Island
Fire upon us from the James Island
batteries on the left became very troublesome, occasioning numerous casualties.
Our own mortar-shells, on the 27th, in the evening killed seven men, and wounded two of the Eighty-fifth Pennsylvania.
That night there was a severe thunder-storm drenching everything in camp and leaving pools of water in the tents.
A warm drying sun came out on the 28th.
In the evening there was some disturbance, soon suppressed, in consequence of ill feeling toward the regimental sutler.
In the approaches work was slow by reason of the high tides and rain.
Moonlight nights interfered also, disclosing our working parties to the enemy.
, commanding the brigade, on the 29th established his headquarters