where the general had secured a number of flats; the gunboats followed at early daylight.
The troops having embarked in the creek and passed into the Coosaw
, through the Brick-yard
Creek to the first landing, at 8 A. M., the first detachment landed on Chisholm's Island with two light navy howitzers and their crews, under cover of the gunboats that had in the meantime come up. The landing was made on the north bank of the Coosaw
, four miles below the ferry.
The embarked troops and the naval force then proceeded to the second point of debarkation, higher up at Adams
's plantation, where they arrived at 10 A. M. At that point the gunboats anchored, and they and the launches covered the debarkation, during which time Commander Rodgers
went on board of the Hale
, and to within range of the battery of the enemy at Port Royal Ferry, on Chisholm's Island, into which shells were thrown.
This fire dislodged troops lying in an adjoining field, but no response came from the battery.
At 1.30 P. M. the troops moved toward Port Royal Ferry, the gunboats and launches shelling the woods in advance of the skirmish line, and then advancing rapidly shelled the batteries and anchored in front of it at 2.30 P. M. On visiting the work Commander Rodgers
found the enemy had carried off all of the guns save one.
He was followed almost immediately by the troops that had marched along the banks of the Coosaw
A quantity of Viii-inch and 30-pounder rifled shells were found in the magazine.
The Seneca and the Ellen
had in the meantime entered Whale Branch
, and after ascending two miles, Captain Elliott
, of the Seventy-ninth Highlanders, came on board the Seneca
from Port Royal Island
, and one mile higher up pointed out an earthwork at Long Point
, on Barnwell's Island
, at a ten-second fuse range.
The channel being quite narrow the vessels anchored and shelled the work, without receiving a reply.