they joined in religious services.
It was a glorious day, well fitted for the thorough enjoyment of the feast and sports which followed.
In response to a call of the ‘Black’ Committee the friends of the regiment had contributed for Thanksgiving dinner many luxuries.
From this source, the company funds, and the efforts of the officers and company cooks, a most abundant and unusual feast was provided.
In the afternoon there was much amusement and sport indulged in by the men. A greased pole some twenty feet high was erected, and at the top was suspended a pair of trousers the pockets of which contained $13. After four hours of ludicrously unsuccessful trials on the part of a number of men, Butler
of Company K secured the ‘full pay’ and the trousers.
Wheelbarrow and sack races closed the games.
December came in, cold and rainy, for the winter weather had set in. The day, however, was a happy and memorable one, for news was received of General Grant
's great victory at Missionary Ridge
, and every fort fired a salute, causing spiteful replies from the enemy.
A high wind prevailed on the 6th, and those who were upon the bluff or beach witnessed a terrible disaster to the fleet.
At 2 P. M. the monitor Weehawken,
off the island, foundered, carrying to their death, imprisoned below, four officers and twentyseven men.
There was much heavy weather about the first ten days of December.
After it subsided, the beach of Morris Island
was strewn with logs some thirty feet long and eighteen inches through, a number of which were bolted together with iron.
Others were found floating with the tide.
A wooden affair, some fifty by thirty feet, double planked, looking like a floating battery, was washed ashore