retreat of the Confederate garrison. * * * * Two regiments of General Geary's division occupied the upper end of Hutchinson's Island, and Carman's brigade was pushed forward to Argyle Island. * * * *
Heavy skirmishing occurred between General P. M. B. Young's command and the Federals on Argyle Island.
In the effort to advance in the direction of the Confederate line of communication with the Carolina shore, the enemy was repulsed with considerable loss.
The fighting along the rice dams was obstinate and bloody.
As the retention of this route was essential to the safety of the troops engaged in the defense of Savannah, all General Wheeler's available forces, assisted by Young's troops, and such of the South Carolina light batteries as could be spared from points along the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, were concentrated for its protection.
By these troops all attempts of the enemy to move upon our line were stubbornly and successfully resisted. * * * * The troops from the