（two companies,) under similar orders, also to James Island
By like orders, the buildings on Coles
's and on Battery Islands were fired by our men before retiring.
Volumes of smoke from the burning buildings.
Our men on the qui vive
. On appearance of a gunboat off mouth of Folly River
, carronade on marsh battery, near Folly River
, thrown overboard by those in charge.
and Battery Islands
shelled by the enemy.
.--Six of our pickets, of Capt. Jones
's company, Twenty-fourth regiment South Carolina volunteers, made prisoners on Battery Island.
Expecting, apparently, the enemy to pass by, without discovering them, they, instead of withdrawing, hid themselves in the magazine on the approach of a gunboat up the Stono
Enemy saw them and landed.
's, on James Island
, shelled this day by a gunboat slowly going up the Stono
.--Gunboats to this time had been running up the Stono
for several miles every day, shelling both sides of the river, and returning in the evening to Battery Island.
Effort to-day of Brig.-Gen. Ripley
to draw them within effective reach of guns of Fort Pemberton
Gallantry of Capt. Frank Bonneau
, and the men of our little floating battery, stationed for the day in the creek near Dixon's Island, remarked.
A gunboat which engaged the battery, was driven off in a few minutes.
The battery was moored to the land.
Three gunboats had been drawn up the river a short distance, by Gen. Ripley
On their return, they had passed by all together, when one came back, apparently to learn what was the little dark object across the marshes and the small islands.
B., who was aboard, had just received orders not to fire unless attacked.
He had his men ashore, under cover.
The gunboat opened on him. Capt.
B. promptly fired his battery (two or three guns) himself.
His men, at the first sound of the enemy's gun, came bounding to their little float
, and soon manning their guns, drove the gunboat away.
.--Gunboats, to this time, running up the Stono
every morning, as before, shelling every one who came in sight, whether on foot, on horse, or in a vehicle.
Some peaceful citizens crossing Newtown Cut Bridge in a buggy, during this period, were very much startled by a shell, and took to flight on foot across the fields
. Today a few shell thrown from the Stono
, toward Secessionville
, fell near the camp of Twenty-fourth regiment South-Carolina volunteers, and toward Brig.-General Gist
, Capt. James Gist
and Capt. Joseph Glover
, of his staff, who were riding out.
--(Sunday.)--A gunboat came some distance up Folly River
, but soon retired.
.--A gunboat came up Folly River
this morning, on the flood, about nine A. M., shelled the battery of Capt. Chichester
at Legare's Point, that of Capt. Warley
, close to Secessionville
, and Secessionville
This place being then occupied by the Eutaw
battalion, Lieut.-Col. Charles H. Simonton
commanding; the Charleston battalion, Lieut.-Col. P. C. Gaillard
commanding; the cavalry companies of Capt. W. L. Disher
and of Capt.
, and being the headquarters of Brig.-Gen. S. R. Gist
, commanding on the island.
Our batteries responded rigorously.
No damage done by the enemy, except to a horse, which had his leg broken by a shell that passed through an out-house just behind the General
's headquarters, and exploded.
After firing for about an hour, the enemy withdrew.
No damage, up to this time, done by the enemy's firing, except to horses
.--More than twenty vessels in sight off Charleston Bar and Stono Inlet
, and in Stono River
Enemy reported as being on James Island
, at the point nearest Battery Island, and as having driven in our pickets.
Capt. Carlos Tracy
, volunteer aid to Gen. Gist
, and Lieut. Winter
, Wassamassaw cavalry, fired on while reconnoitring their position.
and Capt. Tracy
repeatedly fired on, same evening, by enemy's advance-guard.
This firing, the first news in camp
of enemy's landing.
.--Last night the enemy and a small party of our men lay near each other all night, at Legare
's. Capt. Chichester
's guns, in being withdrawn from Legare's Point during the night, stuck in the mud. Men engaged in endeavoring to extricate them, driven off by the enemy near morning.
Lieut.--Col. Ellison Capers
, Twenty-fourth regiment South-Carolina volunteers, with several companies, sent just after daylight to bring off the guns, and to ascertain enemy's position.
Sharp skirmish with the enemy at Legare
's, in which Lieut.-Col. Capers
drove back, for a half-mile and more, the enemy's troops in his front, though very much outnumbering him. Took twenty-three prisoners, and retired only on the appearance of the enemy in heavy force on the field, supported by a cross-fire from gunboats in the Stono
and in Folly River
Enemy engaged said to have been Twenty-eighth Massachusetts and One Hundredth Pennsylvania volunteers.
Our loss, several wounded and one taken prisoner. Lieut. Walker
Charleston battalion, wounded in the leg, in an endeavor to bring off whom, it was said, Private Bresnan
, Irish volunteers, was mortally wounded.
Gallantry and discretion of Lieut.-Col. Capers
, Irish volunteers, Charleston battalion, distinguished himself by his gallant courage.
Lieut. J. Ward Hopkins
, Sumter Guard, Charleston battalion, wounded in shoulder.
Our companies first engaged, were reenforced during the action by several others.
All fell back across the causeway to River
's merely, and joined the main body of our troops.
Enemy ascertained from prisoners to be in strong force at Legare
's, under command of Brig.-Gen. Stevens
Heavy bombardment all day by gunboats, of our troops in line of battle, to resist enemy's advance from Legare
's; our troops necessarily much exposed.
A section of Capt. William C. Preston
's battery light artillery, under Capt. Preston
and Lieut. Julius Rhett
, was carried with great promptness