hundred men. From Simpkins
's left to the Stono
the picket line was continued by men of the Tenth Connecticut, holding a dangerous position, as it had a swamp in rear.
Frequent showers of rain fell that evening.
All night following, the enemy was uneasy.
Lurking men were seen, and occasional shots rang out. Captain Willard
, mounting the roof of the house, could see great activity among the signal corps of the enemy.
He sent word to his officers to be vigilant, and prepared for attack in the morning.
About midnight the men were placed in skirmishing order, and so remained.
of Company B relates that George Brown
of his company, a ‘dare-devil fellow,’ crawled out on his hands and knees and fired at the enemy's pickets.
An attack was indeed impending, arranged on the following plan: Brig.-Gen. A. H. Colquitt
, with the Twentyfifth South Carolina
, Sixth and Nineteenth Georgia, and four companies Thirty-second Georgia, about fourteen hundred men, supported by the Marion Artillery, was to cross the marsh at the causeway nearest Secessionville
, ‘drive the enemy as far as the lower causeway [nearest Stono
] rapidly recross the marsh at that point by a flank movement, and cut off and capture the force encamped at Grimball
Col. C. H. Way
, Fifty-fourth Georgia, with eight hundred men, was to follow and co-operate.
A reserve of one company of cavalry, one of infantry, and a section of artillery, was at Rivers's house. Two Napoleon
guns each, of the Chatham Artillery, and Blake
's Battery, and four twelve-pounders of the Siege Train
, supported by four hundred infantry, were to attack the gunboats Pawnee
’ in the Stono River