up the Pocotaligo River
and the Patroon
and the Vixen
up the Coosawhatchie
, the last-named to cover the landing of Colonel Barton
's forces from the Planter
The services of these vessels are officially commended.
Also at the request of the general, the three howitzers of the Wabash
, in charge of Lieutenant Phenix
and Ensigns Wallace
, and Adams
, were landed and sent to the front; the conduct of these officers and the men under their command was highly commended by the general commanding the troops.
A message from the general that he was falling back was received at 5 P. M. The next day (23d) the troops re-embarked and the whole force returned to Port Royal
The escape of the picket was in itself sufficient to make the move abortive, and the failure of the vessels to arrive for five hours after those leading, was also enough, as the troops of the enemy in half that time could be sent to the line of railroad from Savannah
and from Charleston
While the intended results of the expedition, to make a lodgment on the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, were not attained, the services of the naval co-operating force were duly acknowledged by the military commander
in his official report.
On the afternoon of January 30, 1863, the gunboats Commodore McDonough
, Lieutenant-Commander George Bacon
, and the Isaac Smith
, Acting Lieutenant F. S. Conover
, were lying in Stono Inlet
At 4.40 P. M. the Isaac Smith
got under way and proceeded up the river above Legareville
, for the purpose of making a reconnaissance, and being fired upon from concealed and unsuspected heavy field batteries, hotly engaged them.
proceeded to her relief, but before getting within supporting distance a white flag was seen flying over the Isaac Smith
A nearer approach showed that the vessel was apparently aground1
and two of her