Brigadier-General H. G. Wright
came into the harbor on the 5th with his brigade, and the forts and public property were at once turned over to him. The flag-officer reports: ‘I desire to speak here of the harmonious councils and cordial co-operation which have marked throughout my intercourse with this able officer.
Our plans of action have been matured by mutual consultation and have been carried into execution by mutual help.’
Of the many National defences that had fallen into the hands of the Confederates
upon the secession of the Southern States
, the National
flag was first hoisted over Fort Clinch
; it was soon flying over all the others, save Jackson
, and Gaines
The Ottawa, Lieutenant-commanding Stevens
, made a reconnoissance up the St. Mary
's, as far as navigable for vessels of ten feet draught, fifty miles to Woodstock
, and placed notices at various points that all peaceable citizens would be protected in their persons and property.
While returning, at a narrow stretch known as the Brick-yards, he was fired on with field artillery and small arms.
Of this intended attack he had been given warning, and replied with grape, canister, and small arms, with supposed effect.
Nothing more was seen of the enemy until just above the plantation of a Mrs. Campbell
, when a large body of cavalry appeared near the river bank, some twelve hundred yards distant. A few Xi-inch shells thrown among them caused great haste and confusion.
Three miles below, where the river leaves the high land and enters the marshes, the enemy was discovered in ambush, but before he had an opportunity of firing, the Ottawa
opened with Xi-canister and from three howitzers, it was supposed with great effect.
acknowledged the good conduct of those under his