Maj. Henry Orlando Marcy, Dr. 1837-1924

35th Regt. U.S.C.T. (United States Colored Troops)

Diary of a Surgeon, U.S. Army, 1864-1899

 

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1864

At noon we halted near the plantations of the Huguenin=s about a mile from Roseland, the name of the mansion=s house.

In company of several others I went down.

I think it one of the most lovely spots I have ever seen. Pen would fail to do it justice.

It is near the Coosawhatchie R situated on high ground, in a splendid grove of live oaks of a centuries growth. Outhouses and all at a distance bear the look of a country village.

Every outhouse was nicely whitewashed. The grounds were beautifully laid and splendidly kept. The mansion was huge and eloquently furnished.

We found a detachment of the Navy here raising mischief. They were drinking and destroying property most shamefully. The slaves had been all removed.

I obtained a few books. Among others a copy of the Confederate States Regulations which showed that one of the Huguenins was a Capt & a QM. in service. From a colored man I learned that the father had died a few years previous and left 9 plantations and several hundred slaves to two sons and two daughters. The property lay so near the coast they did not dare to trust the slaves to work here and have moved them into the interior. Only a few old men and woman had been left to care for the whole tract. The sons are both in service.

We returned at evening without loss. Spent the day more happily there in camp, yet should have preferred, if the exigency of the service would have permitted, to make our movements other than on Sunday.

We were trying to find where the Bee=s Creek Battery is located. We shelled where we suffered it lay and our gunboats have been firing all day with their heavy guns, but they have remained silent.

>Tis said to be a strong work.

For location of Roseland and battery see map.

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