floated over three of them.
The blockading duties did not prevent the officers commanding vessels from more pronounced action when circumstances appeared to favor it. Lieutenant-Commanding
A. C. Behind, in the Crusader
, at North Edisto
, had sent a boat's crew to assist a Government agent.
In performing this duty Master Urann
was severely wounded by the enemy.
, Fifty-fifth regiment of Pennsylvania
, kindly detailed a force under Lieutenant Bedell
to accompany Captain Rhind
A force of 60 men with a light field howitzer reached the vicinity of the enemy at 3 A. M. of the 19th of April, but not without discovery and the precipitate flight of the enemy.
Shortly after daylight a considerable force of mounted riflemen were seen advancing rapidly.
They opened fire, but after a skirmish of half an hour retired as hastily as they had advanced.
In this affair three of the sailors were wounded, and the force returned unmolested at leisure to the vessel.
On the 29th, the same officer on board of the Hale
, Lieutenant-Commanding Gillis
, with Assistant-Surgeon Brintnall
, Mate Henry Parsons
, 22 men, and a boat armed with a howitzer, proceeded to destroy a battery of the enemy near the junction of the Dawho
, and South Edisto Rivers
When the Hale
was within eighteen hundred yards, the battery opened fire and continued as the bends of the river favored.
One long reach had to be made under a raking fire, but the shells from the Hale
had been so effective that when the vessel was making a direct course for the battery the enemy abandoned it in haste.
The wood in the rear was shelled; 20 men were landed and reached the work by passing over some three hundred yards of marshy ground.
Two fine 24-pounder field pieces were found, one of them loaded and primed.
This piece was discharged against the other one to destroy it, and the second was destroyed by other