Chapter 3: strategic Reconnoissances.
On January 26, 1862, Fleet-Captain Charles H. Davis
and Commander C. R. P. Rodgers
, with the Ottawa
, Potomska, Ellen, and Western World, and the armed launches of the Wabash
, accompanied by the army transports Cosmopolitan
, and Boston
, having on board the Sixth Connecticut, Fourth New Hampshire, and Ninety-seventh Pennsylvania regiments, a total of 2,400 men, commanded by Brigadier-General H. G. Wright
, entered Warsaw Sound
The following morning General Wright
and Major Speidel
went on board of the Ottawa
, upon which vessel Captain Davis
was. Two companies of the Sixth Connecticut having been sent on board of the Ottawa
, the vessels got under way, and proceeded into Tybee River
Owing to shoal water on the bar it was 8.30 A. M. before the vessels got in, and 1.30 P. M. before they reached the point nearest to Pulaski
on its land side.
It was amusing to note the bustle.
No shots were fired at the vessels, because no rifled or heavy guns were mounted on the side which was supposed unapproachable by vessels of war. Great preparations were made in shifting guns for use when the vessels returned, but as it was simply a matter of choice with the vessels as to when they would return, they preferred doing so under the cover of the night.
The gunboats passed on, and reaching the part of the river