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62.-expedition to bear bluff, S. C.
Lieut. Com. Rhind's report.
United States steamer Crusader, North-Edisto, March 3, 1862.
sir: On the twenty-third instant I received information that the enemy were building a battery at Bear Bluff, opposite White Point.
On the night of the twenty-fourth, accompanied by Lieut. Prentiss, I went up in our dingey, with three men, and landed without being discovered by the guard.
Lieut. Prentiss and I went up and found the battery in an unfinished state, and looking about us discovered the magazine, found two of the picket-guard asleep in it, got one musket out from beside them without awakening them, returned to the boat and brought up two of the men to secure them.
In doing so, I regret to say one of them was shot through the head, and instantly killed — the pistol in my hand going off accidentally in the struggle.
We carried both to the boat, and escaped without discovery.
The picket-guard at the battery that night consisted