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roughout the whole siege of Charleston this boat infantry was kept up, under various commanders. It was thought that could Gregg be first taken, Wagner's garrison might be captured entire; and an attempt to do so was arranged for the night of September 4. Details for the enterprise, which was to be a surprise, were made from four regiments under command of Major Sanford. The admiral was to send boats with howitzers as support. When all was ready, the boats started toward Gregg. Nearing thamell of blood, were intolerable, so that one endured the risk of shot and shell rather than seek their shelter. The incessant din of its own artillery, as well as the bursting shell of the foe, prevented sleep. . . . General Beauregard on September 4 ordered Sumter's garrison reduced to one company of artillery and two of infantry under Maj. Stephen Elliott. Early on the 5th the land batteries, Ironsides, and two monitors opened a terrific bombardment on Wagner which lasted forty-two hou
How they bore it all, daily exposing their lives for the cause and the flag they loved, has been feebly told. That they were compelled to take this or any oath at the last was an insult crowning the injury. There was another meeting of truce steamers in the harbor on the 3d, when a release without equivalent was made by the enemy of thirty persons,—chaplains, surgeons, and some women. General Schimmelfennig, who had removed district headquarters from Folly to Morris Island August 2, on September 4 departed North, when General Saxton took command. The next day the Fifty-sixth and One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York arrived; and Col. Charles H. Van Wyck of the Fifty-sixth assumed command of Morris Island, relieving Colonel Gurney. Captain Homans, with Company A, having reported from Black Island to camp about September 1, there were the following companies with the colors; namely, A, D, E, G, H, and K, a larger number than for some months. On the 6th, several boxes of canned goo
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Roster of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry. (search)
Meeks, Joseph W. 20, sin.; shoemaker; Springfield, O. 12 May 63; 20 Aug 65. $50, Mills, Edward 22, sin.; waiter; New York. 29 Mch 63; 3 Je 64 Boston; dis. Wounded 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner. $50. Mitchell Hamilton 25, mar.; hostler; Boston. 4 Sep. 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Moorhouse, Stephen Warren 21, mar.; laborer; Boston, 7 Sep 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Dead. Morgan, Edgar T. 19, sin.; laborer; Albany, N. Y. 29 Mch 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Morgan, Joseph. 21, sin.; boatman; Reading, Pa. 1 Apl rer; Erie, Pa. 21 Apl 63; died 9 Jly 63 Readville, of disease. $50. Townsend, Charles 24, sin.; laborer; Detroit, Mich. 17 Apl 63; 16 Je 65 Charleston S. C.; dis. $50. Vanderpool, George 18, sin.; laborer; Cocksackie, N. Y. 17 Apl 63; killed 4 Sep. 63 in trenches before Ft. Wagner. $50. Van Valkenberg, Richard 18, sin.; laborer; Cocksackie, N. Y. 17 Apl 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Cleveland, O. Vorce, James W. 21, sin.; laborer; Cleveland, O. 29 Apl 63; deserted 27 May 63 Readville. $50 Wal