All of the woodwork was piled under the carriages and set on fire.
This was accomplished by 11 A. M., and the Hale
then attempted to ascend the Paw Paw
to a rice-mill for the purpose of destroying a vessel lying there, but owing to the ignorance of the pilot, when a mile within the river, the Hale
grounded and remained fast until 5 P. M. It was too late to accomplish the object, and the ignorance of the pilot made it necessary to return by the Dawho and run the gauntlet of an ambuscade that they well knew would be prepared at a favorable point near Slamm's Bluff.
That locality was reached at 8 P. M., and of course proper disposition made to receive the close fire of the enemy.
As anticipated, the enemy opened a heavy fire upon the Hale
with field pieces and small arms.
The men then jumped to their guns and replied with grape, canister, and shells.
No one was injured on the vessel.
A 32-pounder was rendered useless by a shot knocking out a piece of the muzzle.
The blockaders in Doboy Sound
enlivened the dull routine by ascending the Riceborough River with the object of destroying a brig supposed to have entered through Sapelo Sound
. Lieutenant-Commanding A. A. Semmes
in the Wamsutta
, accompanied by the Potomska
, on the 26th of April started up this narrow and tortuous stream.
The following morning they had reached within a mile of Dorchester
, and were informed that the smoke seen the previous day was from the burning brig.
The object of their visit having been accomplished, the vessels began a difficult return.
At Woodville Island
they received the fire of the enemy from small arms at close range.
Two men were killed on the first fire.
In transit the vessels were of mutual assistance, the one with grape and canister enfilading, as it were, the sharpshooters that attacked the other.
The vessels got out of their difficult position without further loss of life,