n to abandon Charleston, until within a few hours of the fact.
On the 11th of February I was at Stono, and a spirited demonstration was made by General Schimmelpfennig and the vessels.
He drove thess as possible, and with better success than I anticipated, for it seems that the rebs conceived Stono to be a feint, and the real object at Bull's Bay, supposing, from the number of steamers and boa, and both soldiers and sailors were working hard.
On the evening of the 16th I steamed down to Stono to see how matters were going there.
Passing Charleston, I noticed two large fires, well inside — probably preparing to leave.
On the 17th.
in Stono, rumors were flying about loose of evacuation.
In course of the morning, General Schimmelpfennig telegraphed me, from Morris Island, that there were symptoms of leaving; that he would again make a push at Stono, and asked for monitors.
General Schimmelpfennig came down in the afternoon, and we met in the Folly Branch, near Secessionville.