Christmas eve was the occasion of much gaiety at Hilton Head. The officers of the post gave a grand military ball, which was held in the large building on the beach used for department head-quarters.
The numerous rooms were tastefully decorated and a large and gallant company assembled. Seventy ladies graced the scene. As all the officers could not he allowed to leave their commands in presence of the enemy, each brigade in front of Charleston was authorized to send three representatives. Surgeon Robinson and captain Pickering represented my command. The ball was considered a very fine affair in army circles.