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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Defence of Charleston from July 1st to July 10th, 1864. (search)
ird South Carolina cavalry--all dismounted — from Savannah and vicinity to John's island. At daydawn on the 3d, about one thousand of the enemy in barges, from Morris' island, made a dash at Fort Johnston. They were handsomely and thoroughly repulsed by the garrison of that post under Lieutenant-Colonel Yates, First South Caro, and then at some hazard. In this way one hundred (100) men were withdrawn from Fort Johnston. It is to be observed that troops had been noticed passing from Morris' to Folly island the previous day, and the exhibition of strength in my front, estimated at three thousand, induced me to believe that most of the troops on MorriMorris' island had been withdrawn. Simultaneous with the advance of the enemy, a large gunboat steamed up the Stono, to protect his left flank. This boat, coming in range of the guns at Battery Pringle, was made to retire. The enemy then advanced two lines of battle, with a heavy skirmish line well to the front. I directed such g