Henry F. W. Little.

The Seventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion online

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pose for some reason failed to accomplish their destruction,
either through fear of capture or inefficiency in connecting
their tuse with the magazines in their haste to get away.

When our men had taken possession of Fort Wagner
they began a strict examination of the place, and as soon
as daylight began to appear to enable them to see very
plainly, they found a train of fuse lighted and burning
slowly, which connected with the magazine. The fuse
was at once cut, and all danger from an explosion from
that source was at an end.

At Fort Gregg a fuse connecting with the magazine was
also left burning by the retreating Confederates, but from
some cause it went out or failed to connect; but the guns
were all spiked at both Forts Wagner and Gregg, and un-
successful attempts were made by the Confederate rear
guard to explode or burst all the heavy guns, but for some
reason each attempt proved a signal failure.


Since the assault on Fort Wagner, July i8, the Confed-
erates had devised several methods of defense. One was
a torpedo buried in the sand in front of the fort, that was
made to explode by stepping upon a small piece of board,
one end of which was on the ground, the other end resting
on the plunger, and so arranged as to explode the torpedo.
To this piece of board was attached a little piece of red
flannel as a w^arnin