works begun, and new batteries ordered to be constructed, there were heavy demands for fatigue.
Besides its details at Cumming's Point
, the Fifty-fourth soon began to send working parties for the ‘Bluff Battery’ in the southerly sand-hills near the beach-front.
To retard our progress with the works at the front, the enemy maintained a constant cannonade.
Batteries Simkins and Cheves were most active against us. On the 15th the enemy's magazine in the latter work was accidentally blown up with 1,200 pounds of powder, causing some casualties.
The force of this explosion was felt all over Morris Island
. Black Island
, between Morris
and James islands
, where we had a battery,, was also frequently shelled.
First Sergeant Gray
of Company C had received a Masonic charter and organized a lodge on Morris Island
The meeting-place was a dry spot in the marsh near our camp, where boards were set up to shelter the members.
Furloughs for thirty days having been granted a certain proportion of the troops, the Fifty-fourth men selected departed, overjoyed at the prospect of seeing home and friends.
The equinoctial storm set in about the middle of September, accompanied by high tides and wind.
The dike protecting our camp was broken, and the parade overflowed, necessitating considerable labor to repair damages.
With the cessation of this severe storm cooler weather came,—a most welcome relief.
In recognition of the capture of Morris Island
and the demolition of Sumter
, General Gillmore
was promoted major-general of volunteers.
To do him honor, a review of the First Division, Tenth Army Corps, took place on Morris Island
Partial relief from excessive labors had permitted the troops to refit.
Line was formed