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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 12: (search)
and was then in our possession. General Hardee had crossed the Savannah River by a pontoon bridge, carrying off his men and light artillery, ained—that is, he had not surrounded it. Hardee held the entire Savannah River front of the city. Hutchinson Island, opposite, reached from a number of flats and small boats immediately after reaching the Savannah River, and was extremely anxious to cross a corps to the South Carolialready captured a couple of steamboats trying to pass down the Savannah River from Augusta, and had established some of his men on Argyle andl Carman to cross his brigade to the South Carolina side of the Savannah River to-morrow morning is hereby countermanded. The General commas that you cross your command to the South Carolina side of the Savannah River to-morrow morning. You will commence the movement before dayli the evening of the 17th, the first pontoon bridge spanning the Savannah River from the foot of West Broad street to Hutchinson Island was com