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5. The approach by Morris Island was, as afterward proved, the least dangerous to us. It involved none of the contingencies threatened by the other modes of attack.
It had always been my opinion, however, that the enemy would elect to make his approach by that route, for the reason that, being already in possession of Folly Island, which was in close proximity to Morris Island, he would thereby enjoy certain facilities for the movements of his troops, while close at hand lay the harbor of Edisto convenient as a shelter for his fleet.
The seizure of Morris Island would also be a great encouragement to the North.
The preparations of the North were upon a scale of such magnitude — with engines of war such as the hand of man had never yet put afloat--that they had consumed more time than was at first anticipated.
Thus an opportunity was afforded me to perfect our means of resistance.
Weeks and months went by, during which I succeeded in nearly doubling the strength of Sumter, of