were turned upon Wagner
for twenty minutes, after which Sergeant Vermillion
, a corporal, and four privates of the Thirty-ninth Illinois, all volunteers, went out. In a short time they returned, reporting no one in Wagner
and only a few men in a boat rowing toward Gregg
On the receipt of this news the flag of the sappers and the regimental color of the Thirty-ninth Illinois were both planted on the earthwork.
A hasty examination was made of Wagner
, in the course of which a line of fuse connecting with two magazines was cut. Every precaution was taken, and guards posted at all dangerous points.
A few moments after our troops first entered Wagner
two companies of the Third New Hampshire under Captain Randlett
were pushed toward Gregg
Capt. C. R. Brayton
, Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, and some Fifty-fourth men started for the same point.
Amid the sand-hills the Third New Hampshire men stopped to take charge of some prisoners, while Captain Brayton
kept on, and was the first to enter Gregg, closely followed by the Fifty-fourth men. In Wagner
eighteen pieces of ordnance were found, and in Gregg, seven pieces.
All about the former work muskets, boarding-pikes, spears, and boards filled with spikes were found arranged to repel assaults.
Inside and all around, the stench was nauseating from the buried and unburied bodies of men and animals.
The bombproof was indescribably filthy.
One terribly wounded man was found who lived to tell of his sufferings, but died on the way to hospital.
Everywhere were evidences of the terrific bombardment beyond the power of pen to describe.
About half a dozen stragglers from the retiring enemy were taken on the island.
Our boats captured two of the enemy's barges containing a surgeon and fifty-five men,