whole approach was encountered,—but twenty-five yards; and the least depth of sand,—but two feet. Everywhere torpedoes were found planted, arranged with delicate explosive mechanism.
Arrangements were made to use a calcium light at night.
From August 19 to this date, when the three regiments serving as guards of the trenches were relieved by fresher troops, their loss aggregated ten per cent of their whole force, mainly from artillery fire.
On the night of the 3d, Wagner
fired steadily, and the James Island
batteries now and then.
Our detail at the front had George Vanderpool
killed and Alexander Hunter
of the same company—H—wounded.
Throughout the 4th we fired at Wagner
, and in the afternoon received its last shot in daylight.
ran the sap twenty-five feet in the morning before he was compelled to cease.
When the south end of Morris Island
was captured, Maj. O. S. Sanford
, Seventh Connecticut, was placed in charge of two hundred men to act as ‘boat infantry.’
From their camp on the creek, near the Left Batteries, details from this force were sent out in boats carrying six oarsmen and six armed men each.
They scoured and patrolled the waters about Morris Island
Throughout the whole siege of Charleston
this boat infantry was kept up, under various commanders.
It was thought that could Gregg
be first taken, Wagner
's garrison might be captured entire; and an attempt to do so was arranged for the night of September 4.
Details for the enterprise, which was to be a surprise, were made from four regiments under command of Major Sanford
The admiral was to send boats with howitzers as support.
When all was ready, the boats started toward Gregg
Nearing that work, several musketshots were heard.
A navy-boat had fired into and captured