house, where these regiments rested, constituting the reserve of infantry in the anticipated assault.
Many of the regiments were arriving or in position, and the advance trenches were full of troops.
Soon came the gray of early morning, and with it rumors that Wagner
By and by the rumors were confirmed, and the glad tidings spread from regiment to regiment.
Up and down through the trenches and the parallels rolled repeated cheers and shouts of victory.
It was a joyous time; our men threw up their hats, dancing in their gladness.
Officers shook hands enthusiastically.
was ours at last.
In accordance with instructions, at dark on the 6th the Confederate ironclads took position near Sumter
Some transport vessels were run close in, and forty barges under Lieutenant Ward
, C. S. N., were at Cumming's Point
A courier reported to Colonel Keitt
that everything was prepared, whereupon his troops were gradually withdrawn, and embarked after suffering a few casualties in the movement.
By midnight Wagner
was deserted by all but Capt. T. A. Huguenin
, a few officers, and thirty-five men. The guns were partially spiked, and fuses prepared to explode the powder-magazine and burst the guns.
At Gregg the heavy guns and three howitzers were spiked, and the magazine was to be blown up. The evacuation was complete at 1.30 A. M. on the 7th.
At a signal the fuses were lighted in both forts; but the expected explosion did not occur in either work, probably on account of defective matches.
Just after midnight one of the enemy, a young Irishman, deserted from Wagner
and gained our lines.
Taken before Lieut.-Col. O. L. Mann
, Thirty-ninth Illinois, general officer
of the trenches, he reported the work abandoned and the enemy retired to Gregg.
Half an hour later all the guns