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 Brigadier General Ripley
to draw them within effective reach of guns of “Fort Pemberton
Gallantry of Captain 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 General Ripley
On their return, they had passed by altogether, 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. Captain
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.