‘Sherman destroys everything that stands in his line of march,—rice-mills, houses, fences. All through this country, as far as it can be seen, pillars of black smoke rise. . . . The saying is that “when Sherman gets through South Carolina, a crow can't fly across the country unless he carries rations with him.” ’The Western army had crossed the Salkehatchie and compelled McLaws to fall back upon Branchville. In the action at Rivers's Bridge, Brig.-Gen. Wager Swayne lost a leg, and with other wounded was brought back to Pocotaligo. Foster, on the 3d, made demonstrations with the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts and One Hundred and Fortyfourth New York in the South Edisto, and with the Thirtysecond United States Colored Troops on Edisto Island. On the 4th, the Twenty-fifth Ohio crossed at Combahee Ferry, and after unsuccessful attempts to flank works beyond the rice-fields, recrossed with small loss. News came of Lieutenant Webster's death, at Beaufort,
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