Blair crosses at Fort Argyle
Slocum crosses at Louisville
Sherman approaches Savanuah
Hazen storms Fort McAllister
Sherman hears from Foster and Dahlgren
Starts for Hilton head
Hardee evacuates Savannah
Sherman's losses and capf railroad; King's bridge having been burned by the enemy.
No force remained in our front here save the garrison of Fort McAllister.
And now Blair's pontoons were laid across the Ogeechee, near Fort Argyle, and the two wings thus substantially uniaguered, and the mystery which had hung over Sherman's march and its destination dispelled.
Hazen was in front of Fort McAllister on our left, and had been exchanging shots with it — hoping thus to attract the attention of our fleet blockading thtorpedoes and abatis, through a shower of grape, up to and over the parapet, and, after a brief but desperate struggle, McAllister was ours.
Her garrison of 200 surrendered; having 40 or 50 killed and wounded to our 90.
Among the spoils were 22 gun
ing which, Savannah was made over
Jan. 18, 1865. to Gen. Foster: Gen. Grover's division of the 19th corps having been sent by Gen. Grant to form its garrison.
Some feints were made from Pocotaligo of an advance on Charleston; Foster's position between the Coosawhatchie and Tullifinny abandoned as no longer of use; and at length — the flood having somewhat abated — Sherman's whole army moved
Feb. 1. nearly northward; Slocum, with Kilpatrick, crossing the Savannah at Sister's ferry or Purysburg, and moving on Barnwell and Beaufort's bridge, threatening Augusta; while the right wing, keeping for some distance west of the Combahee and Salkehatchie, should cross at Rivers's and at Beaufort's bridges and push rapidly for the Edisto; thus flanking Charleston and compelling its precipitate evacuation by the enemy, after they should have been kept paralyzed so long as might be in apprehension of a siege.
Southern South Carolina is so inveterately and generally a swamp, and was now so