Battalion and brigade drills were resumed.
We were furnishing heavier details for grand guard, composed usually of several officers and two hundred and fifty men. They went out every third or fourth day during our further stay on the island.
For the diversion of the officers the ‘Christy Minstrels’ gave their first performance December 5 in Dr. Bridgham
's hospital tent, enlarged by a wall tent on one side.
Songs were sung and jokes cracked in genuine minstrel style.
To carry out the provisions of the Act for the relief of the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Massachusetts Infantry, Maj. James Sturgis
, accompanied by Mr. E. W. Kinsley
, a public-spirited citizen, arrived at our camp December 12.
They had previously visited the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts, when Colonel Hartwell
informed Major Sturgis
that neither regiment would receive the relief.
Upon meeting Colonel Hallowell
the same information was given.
At Major Sturgis
's request the officers and first sergeants were then assembled, when the matter was freely discussed.
Both gentlemen explained fully the purpose of the Governor
and the legislation securing it. Some of the officers and non-commissioned officers replied by a recital of the reasons for refusal hereinbefore set forth.
Finally the noncommissioned officers on behalf of the men positively refused the State
aid. At their conclusion cheers were given for Governor Andrew
, to whom they were grateful for the proffered help.
The result of his unsuccessful mission was reported in writing by Major Sturgis
to the Governor
under date of December 13.
In his report he says,—
‘I deem it proper to say here, that among the many regiments that I saw at Hilton Head, St. Helena Island, Beaufort, Folly, and Morris Island, white and colored, there are none, to ’