John P. Hatch, consisting of five thousand men of all arms, including a brigade from the navy, proceeded up Broad river to Boyd's Neck, where it landed with the intention of occupying the Charleston and Savannah railroad at Grahamville.
This involvewith Port Royal, then the principal Federal depot on the south Atlantic coast.
When General Hatch effected a landing at Boyd's Neck, the only Confederate force on duty at Grahamville was a part of a squadron of the Third South Carolina Cavalry.
uperintending the erection of field works at the principal crossings of the Savannah river.
The Federals having landed at Boyd's Neck at eight o'clock on the morning of the 29th of November, at a remove of only seven miles from the railroad, and the evening and night of the 30th, and the next morning found the remnant of General Hatch's army behind its breastworks near Boyd's landing, covered by the protecting batteries of the Federal gunboats.
The Confederate losses amounted only to four ki