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asserted — but that would neither be reported nor believed within the lines of the Confederates--so that it may be fairly concluded that by this time whatever Unionism there had been in Florida--that is, among the Whites — was pretty thoroughly eradicated by those who were sent thither as upholders of the National cause.
On returning from his Florida expedition to Port Royal,
March 27. Com. Dupont found that the enemy had, during his absence, abandoned their formidable batteries on Skiddaway and Green islands, conceding to us full possession of Warsaw and Ossibaw sounds; while Gen. Sherman had long since
Feb. 11. taken quiet possession of Edisto island on our right, carrying our flag more than half way from Beaufort to Charleston.
No inhabitants were left on Edisto but negroes; and the cotton which the departing Whites could not remove they had, for the most part, burned.
The fall of Pulaski, soon afterward, gave us extension and security on the other flank; and now Gen.