its way; but easily driving the enemy, who burned bridges, &c., before it, and soon made another stand in a wood behind a burned bridge, whence they were expelled by flanking, and still pursued nearly to Pocotaligo
; where the Rebels
, under Gen. Walker
, opened heavily with artillery from a swamp behind a creek.
Our caissons being far behind, our guns were soon without a cartridge, and none to be had nearer than ten miles. Night was coming on; and Brannan
— aware that his 4,000 men were no match for all that the railroad would bring speedily from Charleston
and from Savannah
to assail them — wisely took the back track to Mackay
's landing; where lie at once embarked1
and returned to Hilton Head
Meantime, Col. Barton
, with 400 men, the gunboats Patroon
, and the little steamboat Planter
, had gone up the Coosawhatchie
nearly to the village of that name — the gunboats getting aground two or three miles below, and the Planter
about a mile below.
Having debarked his men, Barton
pushed on, and encountered a train filled with reeforcements sent to the enemy from Savannah
, under Maj. Harrison
, 11th Georgia--Gen. W. S. Walker
, commanding in Brannan
's front, having telegraphed both ways for all the men that could be spared him. This train was fired on while in motion, and considerable loss inflicted; Maj. Harrison
being among the killed.
The greater number escaped to the woods and joined the defenders of the village and railroad bridge, against whom Barton
now advanced; but, finding himself largely outnumbered by men strongly posted, supporting 3 guns, and night coming on, he, too, retreated to hits boats; burning bridges behind him. There was some pursuit notwithstanding; but the gunboats were ugly customers, and were not seriously molested.
When the tide had risen, they floated; and Barton
returned with them, unmolested, to Port Royal
Our loss in this expedition was not far from 300.
reports his at 14 killed, 102 wounded, 9 missing; but this does not include the losses at Coosawhatchie
The river Ogeechee
, rising in the heart of eastern Georgia
, after a generally S. E. course of some 200 miles, usually parallel with the lower half of the Savannah
, and, for the last 40 niles, very near it, falls into Ossabaw sound
, some 10 miles S. W. of Savannah
A few miles up the Ogeechee
, the Rebels
had constructed a strong earthwork known as Fort McAllister
, in a bend of the stream, enabling it to rake any vessel which should attempt to pass it. A row of heavy piles across the channel, with some torpedoes in the river below, rendered ascent at once difficult and perilous.
The steamer Nashville
lay under the protection of these works; having long watched an opportunity to run out to sea laden with cotton; disappointed in this, by the vigilance of our cruisers, she was unladen, fitted up as a war vessel, and again watched her opportunity to run out — not being so easily stopped now as formerly.
, who was watching her, in the iron-clad Montauk
, at length discovered2
that she had got aground, just above the fort, and, at daylight next morning, went up,