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labors of the siege work began, for in the morning the first detail was furnished.
Late in the afternoon the commanding officer received orders to take the Fifty-fourth to the front for grand-guard duty.
He reported with all the men in camp—some three hundred— and was placed at the Beacon house, supporting the Third New Hampshire and Ninety-seventh Pennsylvania.
There was no firing of consequence that night.
In the morning the Fifty-fourth was moved forward into the trenches.
Capt. D. A. Partridge, left sick in Massachusetts, joined July 21, and, as senior officer, assumed command.
Preparations were made for a bombardment of Sumter as well as for the siege of Wagner.
Work began on the artillery line of July 18, that night, for the first parallel, 1,350 yards from Wagner.
When completed, it mounted eight siege and field guns, ten mortars, and three Requa rifle batteries.
July 23, the second parallel was established some four hundred yards in front of the first. Vincent's