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[195] cost but little over the ordinary price. A clear profit of $150,000 for the round trip was not unusual. Captains of vessels frequently realized $5,000 for the voyage.

Colonel Hallowell having at last received permission to proceed North to press the claims of the regiment in person, left Morris Island on June 6, and Major Appleton assumed command. On the same day the great ironclad, New Ironsides, steamed away for the North. Our boat parties were spurred on to activity by General Schimmelfennig, who was desirous of obtaining information of the enemy's lines by such means, or from prisoners who might be secured. A steadier and increased fire on the city was ordered by General Foster.

General Jones, the Confederate Department commander, about this time bethought himself of an expedient by which he hoped to cause a cessation of our bombardment. He set forth his inhumane plan as follows:—

Charleston, June 1, 1864.
General Bragg,—The enemy continue their bombardment of the city with increased vigor, damaging private property and endangering the lives of women and children. I can take care of a party—say fifty—Yankee prisoners. Can you not send me that number including a general—Seymour will do—and other officers of high rank, to be confined in parts of the city still occupied by citizens under the enemy's fire?

In response to this telegram, Generals Wessells, Scammon, Shaler, Seymour, and Heckman, and forty-five fieldofficers were sent to Charleston and placed under fire, General Jones notifying General Foster of the fact on June 13. In compliance with General Foster's request

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