Diary of a Yankee Engineer: The Civil War Story of John H. Westervelt, Engineer, 1st New York Volunteer Engineer Corps

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To Folly

No. 10

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… Sumter cannot last…. Our troops can plainly be seen crossing from here casting off all superfluous articles. [Some] even rushed for the boats side without waiting to be formed into line, they made a rush for the rebels charging them with a murderous fire and fought like tigers. In less time than it takes me to write it, taking …. 200 prisoners have passed our camp on their way to headquarters … 75 killed or wounded up to this time on our side. Having gained a foothold the rest was easy except the famous Battery Bee. While our troops take battery after battery … that had almost silenced the guns on the rebels. Battery Bee still holds out. One of the prisoners told me that we would have hard work since the battery is some what like a bee hive with only a small hole on one side so that it cannot be taken by storm like the others. But I think that [we] can batter it [down]. Meantime I am waiting for further news….

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