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The letter of Colonel Littlefield, who signs himself Colonel Fourth South-Carolina Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, is of more than ordinary interest.
We do not know who Colonel Littlefield was; but he may have commanded a regiment of colored troops raised in South Carolina.
His letter is dated Headquarters Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers, Morris Island, S. C., in the field, July 24, 1863.
He had been placed, by order of General Gilmore, in command of the Fifty-fourth after the death of Colonel Shaw, the Lieutenant-Colonel being unfit for duty by reason of severe wounds.
He states that the Fifty-fourth Regiment was selected to lead the storming party upon Wagner, because they had distinguished themselves on James Island one week before, and adds,—
I witnessed the charge, and, though no way connected with the regiment, I feel it my duty to bear testimony to the valor and bravely of the entire command.