brought their ambulance to the field and proceeded to establish themselves not far from the line.
After some time, and a shell having fallen near by, they retired to a less exposed place.
, accompanied by his staff, was round and about the Fifty-fourth line exposing himself freely; perceiving the strong fire coming from the direction of the railroad, he shouted, ‘Fire to the left!
Fire to the left!’
Under such conditions after a while the men began to chafe, and exhibit a desire for aggressive action.
Already Warren Moorhouse
, of Company E, and another man had crept out as sharpshooters.
, of Company B, remembered distinctly that ‘a little black fellow, whose name I cannot recall, would run forward beyond the line in his excitement, discharging his piece, fall back and load, and then rush out again.
Our line was doing its level best.
Shortly, this man I speak of fell, shot through the head.’
Now there occurred an episode which shows that the colored soldiers, of the Fifty-fourth at least, possessed other than passive courage.
They had, as stated, endured the situation with growing impatience.
Suddenly Sergeant Wilkins
, with the national flag, was seen advancing, followed by the men about him. They had proceeded some one hundred and fifty paces when Colonel Hallowell
, realizing that the regiment without orders might follow them into a dangerous position unsupported, sent word for a return.
Meanwhile in the action Captain Jewett
(who had been relieved from staff duty at his own request), Lieutenants Littlefield
, and many men had been