ition (consisting of the gun-boats the Ottawa, Seneca, and Pembina) then pushed on to Cabbage Island, where another battery was expected to be found.
The vessels went to the mouth of the creek, through the Romilly marsh, and to the mouth of Wilmington River — abewildering cruise among a network of shoals, inlets and marshes, enough to test the patience of officers of the most energetic type.
But these men's minds were bent on fathoming the intricacies of southern navigation, and they succeedednner could get in or out were so closely watched, or hermetically sealed, that few vessels attempted to communicate with the Confederacy in that direction.
As a rule they had abandoned their beats, and either kept to running into Charleston or Wilmington, or went to the coasts of Alabama and Texas, where their chances were better than in the South Atlantic.
The South Atlantic coast was throughout the war the favorite ground for blockade runners, and the hardest blockading duty was performed