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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 9: operations of Admiral Dupont's squadron in the sounds of South Carolina. (search)
by the Seneca, Lieutenant-commander Ammen, and the Coast Survey steamer Vixen, Captain Boutelle, who was generally the pioneer in these expeditions and whose knowledge of the hydrography of the country gave much valuable assistance. While Captain Drayton was examining into the condition of some works (which proved to be deserted), Lieutenant Ammen proceeded with the Seneca five miles up the river and burned some cotton houses and out-buildings. A landing was made at the small town of Rockville in hopes of surprising a large body of the enemy's infantry, but they decamped in a great hurry, leaving in Commander Drayton's hands a sloop, loaded with cotton and provisions, large quantities of commissary stores, consisting of rice, sugar, bacon, corn, etc., which were removed to the Vixen. An encampment a mile from the water was visited and broken up, all the tents and stores being removed to the boats. The smaller gunboats pushed on until they ran aground and could go no furthe