part of November to Grahamville, S. C.
, to defend the railroad to Charleston
from the operations of General Foster
, who advanced from Broad river
There they fought gallantly November 30th, in the battle of Honey Hill
, beating back the repeated Federal attacks.
in his report particularly commended the service of Colonel Willis
, commanding First brigade of Georgia
militia; Major Cook
, commanding the Athens
battalions of reserves, and Lieutenant-Colonel Edwards
, commanding the Forty-seventh Georgia regiment After this brilliant affair the Georgia
militia returned to the State
A notable feature of this battle was the presence in the ranks of the Confederates
of some boy volunteers, even under the age subject to conscription.
Some of these boys were not tall enough to shoot over the parapet.
But they curiously and enterprisingly so arranged that one would get upon his hands and knees, making a bench on which another would stand, deliver his fire and then change places with his comrade, so that he in his turn might get a shot at the ‘Yankees.’
Vigorous fighting continued in the vicinity of Coosawhatchie
, threatening Hardee
's only avenue of escape, and a fleet of sixty vessels was reported at Hilton Head
These carried supplies for Sherman
's men, who were subsisting mainly on rice and finding it inadequate.
saw that retreat was inevitable, and entertained reasonable fears that delay would render escape impossible.
On the 8th General Beauregard
advised him, as there was no army of relief to be expected, whenever it became necessary to choose between the safety of his army and that of the city of Savannah
, to sacrifice the latter.
One of the precautions taken by Hardee
to prevent Sherman
from cutting off his retreat into South Carolina
was the sending of Flag-Officer W. W. Hunter
up the Savannah river
to destroy the Charleston and Savannah railroad bridge.
Taking his flagship Sampson
, the gunboat