lery; J. T. Buckner
and W. J. Dixon
, Sixty-third Georgia, heavy artillery, and Captain De Pass
, commanding light artillery—all under the general command of Lieut.-Col. J. C. Simkins
, chief of artillery
The enemy subjected the fort to a furious bombardment by their land batteries, supported by their entire fleet, consisting of the Ironsides
, five monitors and a large number of other warships.
said in his report: ‘With this immense circle of fire by land and sea, he poured for eleven hours without cessation or intermission a storm of shot and shell upon Fort Wagner
which is perhaps unequaled in history.
My estimate is that not less than 9,000 solid shot and shell of all sizes, from 15-inch downward, were hurled during this period at the work.
About 2 o'clock p. m. the flag halyards were cut, and the Confederate
flag blew over into the fort.
Instantly Major Ramsay
, Charleston battalion, Lieut. William E. Readick
, Sixty-third Georgia artillery, Sergeant Shelton
and Private Flinn
, Charleston battalion, sprang forward and replaced it on the ramparts.’
At 7:45 p. m. the assault was made by more than 6,000 Federals, who suffered a disastrous repulse, losing more than 1,500 men.
Among those especially commended for gallantry were Captains Buckner
of the Sixty-third Georgia and Corporal Conneway
of the Twenty-second Georgia battalion. General Taliaferro
also commended the bravery and zeal of the Georgians under Col. C. H. Olmstead
, Lieut.-Col. H. D. Capers
, Maj. G. M. Hanvey
and Maj. W. S. Basinger
, which, together with several South Carolina
commands, had formed the garrison during the first part of the week.
During a large part of August, Col. George P. Harrison
, of the Thirty-second Georgia, commanded Battery Wagner, having in garrison, besides his own regiment, the Twelfth Georgia battalion.
commands engaged at Charleston
were the Sixth, Nineteenth, Twenty-third, Twenty-seventh, Twenty-eighth, Colquitt