and slightly wounded by an officer for a similar offence.
This summary punishment inflicted was effective in its results to the command.
on June 4 informed Governor Andrew
that the regiment had not been paid, and requested that he demand of the Secretary of War
that the Fifty-fourth be paid or sent to Massachusetts
for muster-out, as the contract was broken.
For the further security of Black Island
, early in May, Company E was ordered to encamp within the fort to guard against sudden attack; and Lieutenant Spear
, in charge of the picket-boats from there, placed a boom of barrels, connected by chains, across the creek, in advance of his night stations.
While visiting the pickets in the patrolboat after dark, Captain Homans
on one occasion discovered a floating torpedo, which he secured and brought to Black Island
It was made of staves, cigar-shaped, with a large cap to explode by contact.
assumed command of the ‘Defences of Lighthouse Inlet
’ on May 7.
They included Black Island
, Battery Purviance
, and Fort Green
, on Folly Island
, opposite Purviance
These two batteries mounted thirty-pounder Parrotts for offensive purposes against James Island
. Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
made his headquarters at Fort Green
. Captain Tucker
, with Company H, left Black Island
and relieved Lieutenant-Colonel Fox
and Companies A and F, Fifty-fifth Massachusetts, at Fort Green
on the 7th. Company I, under Lieut. Lewis Reed
, took the place of Company H at Black Island
A rude structure of logs raised above the marsh had been built by the Confederates
near the water-ways toward James Island
We called it ‘Block House No. 1