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nd keep open communication between Colonel Conger and the gun-boats. The Forest Rose and Robb covered the landing opposite Hamburg. The force at Savannah had captured some stock and brought it in; but on one occasion, while returning from an expedition, the commanding officer of the party, being pressed by a superior force of the enemy, abandoned his captured stock and barely succeeded in reaching Savannah, where Lieutenant-Commander Phelps found his troops covered by the Covington. Colonel Bissel, the Confederate commander, had invested the town, and given one hour for the removal of the women and children before proceeding to the attack. The answer of the two Union commanders to this summons was, Come and take it. That night Colonel Conger arrived, and the Confederates raised the siege and departed. The same night the gun-boats crossed Colonel Conger's force safely over the river, during which brisk skirmishing was going on, and a number of Union families were taken away by