Burial of 55th Mass. soldiers

The Burial of the Remains of the Soldiers of the 55th Mass., who fell in the battle of July 2, and whose bodies were left lying where they fell by the barbarous rebels, took place on James Island on the afternoon of the 26th ult., attended by the whole regiment. The address by the chaplain and the music by the band were appropriate to the occasion. The grave was dug on a high bluff, overlooking Charleston harbor and city, within a rebel earthwork, under pine trees drooping with gray moss. The escort was commanded by Captain Goodwin, who was wounded in the fight, and the pall-bearers were mostly men wounded at the same time. The coffin was draped with the national flag, the State and Ohio colors (latter presented by the ladies of Ohio to the regiment) were crossed over it, and it bore also a wreath of flowers. Brevet-Brig. Gen. Hartwell came from Charleston to be present at the ceremonies. Thus fitly was respect shown to brave soldiers denied a burial by a mean-spirited and cruel enemy. – Transcript. 

                                                                                                     (Liberator, April 14, 1865, pg 3)