d Assistant Engineer.
The whole of the available force of the regiment will be divided into four equal reliefs, which will relieve each other at intervals of eight hours each.
The first relief will report to Major Brooks at the second parallel at 8 A. M. this day. No other details will be made from the regiment until further orders.
By order of
Brig.-Gen. A. H. Terry. Adrian Terry, Captain, and Assistant Adjutant-General.
Major Brooks, in his journal of the siege under date of August 31, thus writes,—
The Third United States Colored Troops, who have been on fatigue duty in the advance trenches since the 20th inst., were relieved to-day by the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers (colored), it being desirable to have older troops for the important and hazardous duty required at this period.
Throughout the whole siege the First New York Engineers held the post of honor.
Their sapping brigades took the lead in the advance trench opening the ground, followed by fat