made a reconnoissance of it on the night of the 8th, and was twice fired upon.
Capt. T. L. Appleton
on Colonel Gurney
's staff, had been for some time making preparations to capture this block house.
With a party of Fifty-fourth men he went there on the night of the 14th, only to find it unoccupied.
It was visited a number of times afterward by our officers from Black Island
There was an utter stagnation of active operations in the department.
was considering a plan of moving up the Wando River
in connection with the ironclads, and a foray at Murrell's Inlet
had convened another council of his chief officers when the project of attack on Sumter
was again negatived.
He was contenting himself with a sharp bombardment of the fort with an ironclad or two for the purpose of preventing work there.
The land forces were firing more briskly in unison with the navy.
High tides somewhat damaged our works at Cumming's Point
toward the close of May.
Further changes of station occurred for some of our companies, as, on the 18th, Captain Emilio
, with Company E, relieved Company H at Fort Green
, and the succeeding day Captain Bridge
, with Company F, took post at Battery Purviance
Company H returned to Black Island
, where Captain Homans
was in command; and the garrison there was increased toward the last of May by a portion of Company F, under Lieutenant Edmands
Then the Fifty-fourth held all the posts about Lighthouse Inlet
Our men at Green
in a short time became efficient artillerists, as had those of Company H.
Both works on Lighthouse Inlet
were frequently engaged with the lower James Island batteries about Secessionville
, at long range.