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Port Royal (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
Doc. 201. reconnoissance at Port Royal. Commander Drayton's report. United States steamer Pawnee, Port Royal harbor, Nov. 25, 1861. Flag-Officer S. F. Dupont: sir: In obedience to instructions contained in your letter of the 24th instant, I left this harbor at three A. M. of the 25th inst., in company with the Unadilla, Lieutenant Commanding Collins, and the Pembina, Lieutenant Commanding Bankhead, piloted by the Vixen, Captain Boutelle. We crossed this bar at half-past 4, and that of St. Helena at half-past 9--a steamer, supposed to be the General Clinch, being then off the Edisto River, which position she shortly left, and steamed up the river. I soon afterward came in sight of a fort on the point of Otter Island, into which, at the distance of a mile, I threw a few shells, as did the gunboats, to discover if it were occupied. There being no answer, I sent a boat on shore to take possession, and found it to be a regular triangular work, with two faces toward the wa
Morgan River (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
the only thing left being the fragments of an eighty-pound rifle gun, which had been burst. There was also, on the outside, a large quantity of timber and palmetto logs, which I left undisturbed, there being little or no probability of any one coming to remove it, and considering that, should we occupy the place, it would be required to finish the work. Having made the above examination, I continued up the Coosaw River with the gunboats, piloted by Captain Boutelle. When just passing Morgan River, about two miles from Otter Island, I came in sight of a fort directly ahead, and at the junction of Barnwell Creek with the Coosaw. When within a mile, we threw a few shells into it, and there being no signs of occupation, and the negroes showing themselves in the neighborhood, I sent a boat on shore to take possession, and found it to be a redoubt, with a ditch on three faces, and a steep slope toward the water, above which the parapet was elevated thirty feet; its name being (as we fo
Barnwell Creek (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
outside, a large quantity of timber and palmetto logs, which I left undisturbed, there being little or no probability of any one coming to remove it, and considering that, should we occupy the place, it would be required to finish the work. Having made the above examination, I continued up the Coosaw River with the gunboats, piloted by Captain Boutelle. When just passing Morgan River, about two miles from Otter Island, I came in sight of a fort directly ahead, and at the junction of Barnwell Creek with the Coosaw. When within a mile, we threw a few shells into it, and there being no signs of occupation, and the negroes showing themselves in the neighborhood, I sent a boat on shore to take possession, and found it to be a redoubt, with a ditch on three faces, and a steep slope toward the water, above which the parapet was elevated thirty feet; its name being (as we found by papers picked up) Fort Hayward. The armament had consisted of only three guns--one rifle, which had been re
Edisto (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
wnee, Port Royal harbor, Nov. 25, 1861. Flag-Officer S. F. Dupont: sir: In obedience to instructions contained in your letter of the 24th instant, I left this harbor at three A. M. of the 25th inst., in company with the Unadilla, Lieutenant Commanding Collins, and the Pembina, Lieutenant Commanding Bankhead, piloted by the Vixen, Captain Boutelle. We crossed this bar at half-past 4, and that of St. Helena at half-past 9--a steamer, supposed to be the General Clinch, being then off the Edisto River, which position she shortly left, and steamed up the river. I soon afterward came in sight of a fort on the point of Otter Island, into which, at the distance of a mile, I threw a few shells, as did the gunboats, to discover if it were occupied. There being no answer, I sent a boat on shore to take possession, and found it to be a regular triangular work, with two faces toward the water, of two hundred and fifty feet each, with bastions and a curtain on the land side, the whole surrou
Charleston (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
landed and found that, like the others, it was very carefully and scientifically built, with a deep ditch around it. Every thing had been destroyed and carried away except a rifled twenty-four-pounder, and an old English eighteen-pounder, both of which had been burst, and another eighteen-pounder, which I destroyed. Having performed this duty, I continued up the river, thinking that I might find fortifications at Mosquito Creek, which offers the only inland channel of communication with Charleston. None had, however, been erected there, and I continued up the river to the plantation on Hutchinson Island, about twelve miles above Otter Island, which was as far as the vessels could go. Here were a large number of negroes, but no white men, although they told me there was a picket of soldiers about three miles beyond. At this time I heard heavy firing, and as we all supposed it proceeded from the Pawnee, I hurried every one on board and returned down the river as quickly as possible;
Hutchinson's Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
nued up the river, thinking that I might find fortifications at Mosquito Creek, which offers the only inland channel of communication with Charleston. None had, however, been erected there, and I continued up the river to the plantation on Hutchinson Island, about twelve miles above Otter Island, which was as far as the vessels could go. Here were a large number of negroes, but no white men, although they told me there was a picket of soldiers about three miles beyond. At this time I heard he I would beg leave to say, that whenever practicable, the slaves have been removed, as on the northern side of the Ashepoo, where there is no communication with the Edisto. At all the plantations south of that, a great many still remain at Hutchinson Island, not less, I think, than one hundred and twenty. Not a white man seems to be left anywhere outside the line of military occupation, which was higher than I was able to go with the vessels. The slaves are doing nothing, are very friendly
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 213
Doc. 201. reconnoissance at Port Royal. Commander Drayton's report. United States steamer Pawnee, Port Royal harbor, Nov. 25, 1861. Flag-Officer S. F. Dupont: sir: In obedience to instructions contained in your letter of the 24th instant, I left this harbor at three A. M. of the 25th inst., in company with the Unadilla, Lieutenant Commanding Collins, and the Pembina, Lieutenant Commanding Bankhead, piloted by the Vixen, Captain Boutelle. We crossed this bar at half-past 4, and that of St. Helena at half-past 9--a steamer, supposed to be the General Clinch, being then off the Edisto River, which position she shortly left, and steamed up the river. I soon afterward came in sight of a fort on the point of Otter Island, into which, at the distance of a mile, I threw a few shells, as did the gunboats, to discover if it were occupied. There being no answer, I sent a boat on shore to take possession, and found it to be a regular triangular work, with two faces toward the w
Mosquito Creek, S. C. (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
ubt, and having, as before, satisfied myself that it was not occupied, I landed and found that, like the others, it was very carefully and scientifically built, with a deep ditch around it. Every thing had been destroyed and carried away except a rifled twenty-four-pounder, and an old English eighteen-pounder, both of which had been burst, and another eighteen-pounder, which I destroyed. Having performed this duty, I continued up the river, thinking that I might find fortifications at Mosquito Creek, which offers the only inland channel of communication with Charleston. None had, however, been erected there, and I continued up the river to the plantation on Hutchinson Island, about twelve miles above Otter Island, which was as far as the vessels could go. Here were a large number of negroes, but no white men, although they told me there was a picket of soldiers about three miles beyond. At this time I heard heavy firing, and as we all supposed it proceeded from the Pawnee, I hurri
Otter Island, S. C. (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
t, should we occupy the place, it would be required to finish the work. Having made the above examination, I continued up the Coosaw River with the gunboats, piloted by Captain Boutelle. When just passing Morgan River, about two miles from Otter Island, I came in sight of a fort directly ahead, and at the junction of Barnwell Creek with the Coosaw. When within a mile, we threw a few shells into it, and there being no signs of occupation, and the negroes showing themselves in the neighborhoofind fortifications at Mosquito Creek, which offers the only inland channel of communication with Charleston. None had, however, been erected there, and I continued up the river to the plantation on Hutchinson Island, about twelve miles above Otter Island, which was as far as the vessels could go. Here were a large number of negroes, but no white men, although they told me there was a picket of soldiers about three miles beyond. At this time I heard heavy firing, and as we all supposed it proc
Pawnee City (Nebraska, United States) (search for this): chapter 213
do so for us, as we were working for them. The more intelligent among them told me that there was no packed cotton this year, and that not much more than half the cotton and scarcely any of the provision crop had been gathered. I forgot to mention that, as far as we could make out, on our return down the river, (the Ashepoo,) they appeared to be burning houses in the direction of the South Edisto River, or on those plantations which must have still been in the possession of the whites, and the same thing seemed to be continued during the night. I cannot finish without mentioning the obligations I am under to Captain Boutelle for the skill and untiring energy he displayed in piloting us through those inland waters; and I think the people must have been a little surprised at seeing vessels of war passing at full speed up narrow, and not overdeep, rivers, such as the Coosaw and Ashepoo. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, P. Drayton, Commander, (commanding Pawnee.)
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