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s twenty miles above its mouth; the troops, landed during the night, proceeded to Aylett's, where they utterly destroyed a large foundry, and, the object of the expedition being accomplished, returned to Yorktown without accident.
The navy, as will be seen, afforded powerful aid to the landtroops scattered along the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. We shall not stop to enumerate the prizes it made in those waters, and, having no further incident of importance to notice before the 1st of July, a date we shall not reach in this chapter, we will pass to the second part—that is to say, to that which relates to the coast of South Carolina, of Georgia, and East Florida.
We left the Federals at the close of 1862 masters of a large number of points along that coast.
Their central depot is in the bay of Port Royal, where their fleet finds excellent shelter for victualling purposes, and near which the land-forces are stationed.
These forces have been collected together for the pur