Pork Point battery, was a substantial earthwork, strengthened by abatis and a moat, and mounting 10 guns; battery Huger, on Weir's Point, farther north, had likewise 10 guns; battery Blanchard, midway, but 4.
The swampy nature of the approaches, covered with thickets of shrubs and buses, was counted on to bar access to Fort Bartow, save by a causeway road completely commanded by its fire.
After crouching through a rainy night, some of them in miry bogs, our soldiers were formed and led on at an early hour of the morning.1
A large portion of the Rebel
force was deployed as skirmishers, and contested our floundering advance through the bog with spirit and effect until near 10 A. M., when our leading regiments were close under the fire of the fort.
They had by this time found it impossible to obey the orders which