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re steaming up the bay I received from Col. James Montgomery, commanding Second South Carolina Regi and rode across the island to report to Colonel Montgomery. At noon the steamer Sentinel, a small men pitched shelters for the night. Col. James Montgomery, commanding the post, was a noted manas, and died there in December, 1871. Colonel Montgomery, with five companies of his regiment, onound, when a steamer came to the wharf. Colonel Montgomery was on board, and hailing Colonel Shaw farticipating with the Second South Carolina, Montgomery applying the torch to the last buildings witou are at liberty to answer or not? Has Colonel Montgomery orders from General Hunter to burn and d Colonel Shaw afterward ascertained that Colonel Montgomery acted in accordance with General Hunter'since leaving home came that afternoon. Colonel Montgomery had gone to Hilton Head, leaving Colonel. George W. Brush of his regiment before Colonel Montgomery on June 28. After questioning him, the [9 more...]
Chapter 4: descent on James Island. All suspense regarding the employment of the Fifty-fourth ended July 8, with the receipt, about noon, of orders to move at an hour's notice, taking only blankets and rations. Three hours after, the regiment began to embark, headquarters with seven companies finding transportation on the steamer Chasseur, the remaining ones on the steamer Cossack, with Colonel Montgomery and staff. Lieutenant Littlefield, with a guard of one hundred men, was detailed to remain at St. Helena in charge of the camp. Assistant-Surgeon Bridgham also remained with the sick. Captain Bridge and Lieutenant Walton were unable to go on account of illness. A start was made late in the afternoon in a thunder-storm, the Cossack stopping at Hilton Head to take on Captain Emilio and a detail of ninety men there. The following night was made miserable by wet clothes, a scarcity of water, and the crowded condition of the small steamers. About 1 A. M. on the 9th, the tr
eep in the tents on lowest ground. A new brigade—the Fourth—was formed on the 24th, composed of the Second South Carolina, Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, and Third United States Colored Troops (the latter a new regiment from the north), under Colonel Montgomery. About dark on the 25th a force was again advanced against the enemy's picket, but was repulsed. It was found that a determined effort must be made to carry the sand ridge crowned by the enemy's rifle-pits. Just before dark the next disturbance, soon suppressed, in consequence of ill feeling toward the regimental sutler. In the approaches work was slow by reason of the high tides and rain. Moonlight nights interfered also, disclosing our working parties to the enemy. Colonel Montgomery, commanding the brigade, on the 29th established his headquarters near the right of our camp. It was learned that a list of prisoners recently received from the enemy contained no names of Fifty-fourth men. On the 30th Lieut.-Col. Henry A
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Chapter 7: bombardment of Charleston. (search)
for clothing. Upon the non-commissioned officers being assembled, they with great unanimity declined the reduced payment for themselves and their comrades. The paymaster again came on the 30th to renew his offer. It was on this date that Colonel Montgomery appeared and made the men a remarkable and characteristic address, which Sergeant Stephens of Company B has given in substance as follows:— Men: the paymaster is here to pay you. You must remember you have not proved yourselves soldiersr. I therefore enlisted the niggers, and made teamsters of them. In refusing to take the pay offered you, and what you are only legally entitled to, you are guilty of insubordination and mutiny, and can be tried and shot by court-martial. Montgomery besides made some gross and invidious insinuations and reflections because the Fifty-fourth men were so light-colored, which it would be improper to repeat. The colonel seemed to be unaware that his remarks were insulting, and most of the men
e cast away to lighten their load. At the railroad crossing, Colonel Montgomery, who was leading, was met by a staff-officer from General Sey. Colonel Hawley in his report thus describes the event:— Colonel Montgomery's brigade had come up. The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, Coloneate color. Captains Pope and Jewett, of the Fifty-fourth, on Colonel Montgomery's staff, took part in the action. About the same time the having fallen near by, they retired to a less exposed place. Colonel Montgomery, accompanied by his staff, was round and about the Fifty-four it at last became apparent that our forces had fallen back. Colonel Montgomery was with the Fifty-fourth, and seems to have determined to re Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper recalls that the men informed him that Montgomery said, Now, men, you have done well. I love you all. Each man takwenty-two mile march had been made that day. Barton's brigade and Montgomery with the First North Carolina continued on farther. At 4 A. M.
ris Island on the 20th, relieving Colonel Davis, who, with the Fifty-second and One Hundred and Fourth Pennsylvania, departed for Hilton Head. The next day Colonel Montgomery arrived and relieved Colonel Hallowell. He brought the Thirty-fourth United States Colored Troops (formerly the Second South Carolina) and the Twenty-first United States Colored Troops. Col. William Gurney, with his regiment, the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh New York, came on the 23d, and in turn relieved Montgomery. In consequence of these frequent changes of postcom-mander some of the Fifty-fourth companies were as often shifted from one duty to another. On the 23d Companies B on May 25, advancing about six miles in the evening. The naval vessels landed a force to co-operate on Johassie Island. The steamer Boston, on which were Colonel Montgomery and the Thirty-fourth United States Colored Troops, ran aground and was fired upon by the enemy with artillery, compelling her abandonment and destruction b
nt of the right. The weather was more comfortable. It was very apparent that the enemy was stronger. The succeeding day, on the lines, only an occasional shell from the enemy disturbed the quietness. A mail came in the afternoon. Supplies were more abundant; and from sutlers at Cole's Island some additions to the army fare were procured. In the morning the naval vessels shelled Pringle and the woods until later, when they concentrated upon the battery. During the ensuing evening Colonel Montgomery with Birney's brigade was sent to join General Hatch. General Birney had returned to Florida. At John's Island on the 7th, Colonel Silliman, with his regiment, the Twenty-sixth United States Colored Troops, supported by Lieutenant Wildt's section of Battery B, Third New York, made a gallant but unsuccessful attempt to capture the enemy's field-guns on the hill beyond the lines. Some ninety-seven men were killed and wounded. General Jones was considerably reinforced by this date fr
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Roster of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry. (search)
e:—Co. F 44th Mass. 12 Sep 62, Corpl. Staffs of Gen. Truman Seymour and Cols. Wm Gurney and James Montgomery. Hartford, Conn. Appleton, John Whittier Messer; Major. 1 Apl 32 Boston; married; clerker and 20 Feb 64 Olustee, Fla. Other service:—Co. E 2nd Mass. 30 Aug 62, Corpl. Staff of Cols. Jas. Montgomery, B. F. Tilghman, Wm Gurney and Gen's John P. Hatch and E. N. Hallowell. St. Paul, Minn. nde, Aristide 24, sin.; machinist; N. Orleans, La. 9 Jly 63; 20 Aug 65. —— New Orleans, La. Montgomery, John H. 28, mar.; laborer; Hillsboro, Md 22 Apl 63; 20 Aug 65. Wounded 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner. , sin.; farmer; Shippensburg, Pa. 6 May 63; 20 Aug 65. $50. Tobias, Ezra 27, mar.; laborer; Montgomery. 30 Nov 63; died 15 Je 65 Gen. Hos. Beaufort, S. C. Typhoid Fever. $325. Washington, JosiahCharles 6 Feb 65 $184.66. Miner, Thomas 27 Je 64 —— Mitchell, Perry 7 Jly 64 $260.66. Montgomery, John W. 5 Jan 65 $207.33. Morey, Benjamin 29 Aug 64 $100. Munroe, Peter F. 20 Aug
., 243. Mitchell, G., 15. Mitchell, Nelson, 97. Mitchell, William, 183. Moleneux, E. L., 287. Money for recruiting, 11, 15. Money sent home, 228. Monk's Corner, S. C., 295. Monohansett, steamer, 148. Montauk, monitor, 209. Montgomery, James, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 51, 63, 114, 115, 130, 159, 162, 164, 166, 168, 188, 193, 212, 214. Monument to Shaw and others, 229, 230. Moore, Henry, 161. Moorehouse, S. W., 166, 301. Morgan Guards, 10. Morgan, S. Griff54. Citadel Cadets, 194, 257. Spanish Negro Troops, 45. Spear, Daniel G., 183, 191, 213, 237, 291, 316. South Edisto River, S. C., 52, 270, 272, 274, 279. Speech of John A. Andrew, 25. Speech of E. N. Hallowell, 319. Speech of James Montgomery, 130. Speech of Robert G. Shaw, 30. Speech of George C. Strong, 77. Spencer, Aaron, 121. Spivey, Lieutenant, 200. St. Andrew's Parish, S. C., 310, 311, 314. St. Helena Island, S. C., 46, 47, 48, 49, 51. St. John's River, Fla