84.-a rebel soldier's Diary of the enemy's approach to and withdrawal from before Charleston, S. C., May, June and July, 1862.
May 17.--Enemy sounding Stono Channel in barges.
One fired on from Goat Island by riflemen, and driven off.
May 19.--Several of the enemy's gunboats attempted to enter Stono Inlet; one ran aground and all put back.
May 20.--Three gunboats crossed the Bar and entered the Stono River about three o'clock A. M. One ran up and anchored a little below Battery Island, commanding the old (river) route from Coles's Island — the enemy thinking, probably, to cut off our troops on Coles's Island. Lieut.-Col. Ellison Capers, Twenty-fourth regiment South-Carolina volunteers, commanding on Coles's Island, withdrew his force, (two companies,) under standing orders, to James Island, by the new (back) and scarcely completed route over Dixon's Island. Capt. L. Buist, Palmetto Guard, commanding on Battery Island, withdrew his force, （two companies,) under similar