seeing two boats ascend the river, and fearing for the safety of the salt works some seven miles up, ordered Lieutenant Grant
, with detachments from Sergeants Taylor
and such other men as he could spare, about 30 in all, to take a good position and dispute every attempt at landing, while he hastened with the remainder of his command to the salt works.
He found one boat lying at the mouth of the creek leading to the works, and another going back to Brunswick
After firing about fifty shots, the one threatening the salt works returned and joined the other at Brunswick
Upon the repulse of the Federals
the largest boat returned to the sound, while the others again ascended the river.
The detachment under Lieutenant Grant
was now hurried to the salt works, while a squad under the guidance of Julian Burnett
, who had that day shouldered his gun and volunteered his services, hastened to the railroad bridge.
This had just been fired by a party of the enemy, who retreated to their barge on the approach of the Confederates
The latter being conducted by Mr. Burnett
to a point which the barge was obliged to pass, poured a well-directed fire into it at a distance of about 100 yards. Two officers fell, and three oarsmen appeared wounded.
As the gunboats returned to the neighborhood of the salt works, Captain Hazzard
placed detachments under Lieutenants Scarlett
, R. S. Pyles
and H. F. Grant
to watch the movements of the enemy.
The Federals, however, made no further efforts and both boats returned to the sound.
The Confederates lost one horse from a grapeshot; but not a man was wounded.
It was reported that the enemy lost three killed, one officer severely and others slightly wounded.
A few days later, Sergeant Burney
was killed by the accidental bursting of a shell.
The activity and foresight of Captain Hazzard
and the gallantry of Lieutenant Grant
and command were mentioned in official orders.
On June 11th two steamers and two gunboats, with 300