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roper to exercise great caution against surprise, and accordingly requested Col. Terry to cover the advance of the main body of escort by skirmishers.
Over a very considerable portion of the route we took to Seabrook Point, the one running through the woods beyond Gen. Drayton's plantations, as distinguished from the one near the shore, skirmishers could not be deployed, as both sides of the road are lined by an impenetrable jungle.
Our progress was necessarily quite slow.
We reached Seabrook Landing about two o'clock P. M., without encountering any of the enemy or any white person whatever.
From what I can gather from negroes, there are no rebel troops on any of the northern portions of Hilton Head Island.
About three hundred of them, with some wounded, passed over the road last night, about the time we were disembarking.
They were under the influence of a terrible panic — knapsacks, haversacks, canteens, cartridge-boxes, &c., &c., were found scattered over the road, and on th