captain of Company B, vice Willard
Second Lieutenants T. L. Appleton
, and Littlefield
were made first lieutenants.
These officers were all present except Lieutenant Pratt
, who never re-joined.
and Lieutenant Emerson
had returned from sick leave.
Lieutenants E. G. Tomlinson
and Charles G. Chipman
, appointed to the regiment, had joined.
A number of the wounded had returned from hospital, and the first lot of furloughed men came back, and with them Capt. J. W. M. Appleton
By these accessions the Fifty-fourth had more officers and men present toward the last of October than at any time after it left St. Helena Island
Our new and old works being in readiness at Cumming's Point
, what General Gillmore
calls the ‘second bombardment of Sumter
’ was begun October 26.
Its purpose was to prevent guns being mounted there, and to cut down the southeast face, that the casemates of the channel face be taken in reverse.
had returned and assumed command of the island on the 18th.
Under his direction our batteries opened from seven heavy rifles (including a three-hundred-pounder) in Wagner
, and four in Gregg
and from two mortars.
Some fire was directed against Fort Johnson
also, the enemy replying briskly.
The next day the cannonade was renewed with one gun in Gregg
turned upon the city.
Our range against Sumter
being less than was the case during Wagner
's siege, rendered the force of our shot much greater.
Sharpshooters in Sumter
armed with the long-range Whitworth rifles were trying to disable our gunners in Gregg
, without success.
After four days bombardment, a breach was disclosed in the southeast face of Sumter
, extending half its length, on