36.-seizure of the Planter.
Flag-officer Du Pont's report.
flag-ship Wabash, Port Royal Harbor, S. C., May 14, 1862.
sir: I enclose a copy of a report from Commander E. G. Parrott, brought here last night by the late rebel steam-tug Planter, in charge of an officer and crew from the Augusta.
She was the armed despatch and transportation steamer attached to the Engineer Department at Charleston under Brig.--Gen. Ripley, whose barge a short time since was brought out to the blockading fleet by several contrabands.
The bringing out this steamer, under all the circumstances, would have done credit to any one.
At four in the morning, in the absence of the captain, who was on shore, she left her wharf, close to the government office and headquarters, with Palmetto and confederate flag flying — passed the successive forts, saluting, as usual, by blowing her steam-whistle.
After getting beyond the range of the last gun she quietly hauled down the rebel flags and hoi
ver Creek, about twelve feet wide and waist-deep, ran along the front and left flank of the enemy's position, while from the creek to the battery was covered with abattis.
The position was most formidable.
The assault was made by Pender's brigade, of A. P. Hill's division, on the right, and by Ripley's brigade on the right in front.
Gen. Pender's brigade had been thrown out in advance, in observation on the enemy's left, when Ripley's brigade coming up, Gen. D. H. Hill ordered two of Gen. Ripley's regiments — the Forty-fourth Georgia and the First North-Carolina--to operate on the right with Gen. Pender, while the Forty-eighth Georgia and the Third North-Carolina remained in front.
Gen. Lee then ordered the battery to be charged.
The attempt was made.
They all moved forward to the attack together.
They cleared the rifle-pits and gained the creek, within one hundred yards of the battery; but there was still the creek and the abattis to cross.
The fire of shot, shell, canist