which our land and sea fire was concentrated.
For about a week longer our bombardment was kept up with great vigor, during which time the enemy suffered many casualties, and Sumter
was pounded into a mound of debris covering the lower casemates, in which the garrison found safe refuge.
Through the centre of the Morris Island
face of Sumter
could be seen.
apprehended another assault and prepared for it.
In honor of some of the officers who had fallen during the operations, Gregg
was renamed Fort Putnam
, Fort Strong
; the Bluff
Battery, Fort Shaw
; the new work near Gregg
, Battery Chatfield; a work on Lighthouse Inlet
, Battery Purviance
; and another opposite the last, on Folly Island
, Fort Green
By the same order General Gillmore
announced that medals of honor, his personal gift, would be furnished to three per cent of the enlisted men who had borne part in the engagements and siege.
This medal, however, was not received for some months.
In the case of the Fifty-fourth it was awarded to the four men specially mentioned in Colonel Hallowell
's report of the assault of July 18, previously printed herein.
There arrived for the regiment a present from Mrs. Colonel Shaw
of one thousand small copies of the Gospels, neatly bound in morocco of various colors, which were distributed.
Fine weather continued to prevail, although the month of October was drawing to a close.
Early each morning a dense fog swept in from the eastward, covering land and sea until dispelled by the rising sun. Then came warm fall days, followed by cooler night hours.
Our gunners at the front were firing from Chatfield
with mortars and the heavy rifles mainly at night, besides using field-pieces in Gregg
for accurate practice