This continued without intermission until 9.30 P. M., then gradually decreased and died away altogether.
‘The ill-tidings of a repulse were not long coming; the admiral was of opinion that the number of troops was inadequate.
The officers and men were zealous, and labored hard; the general plans were well conceived; but there was a manifest lack of force.’
The following morning the admiral sent a flag of truce on shore to offer to take charge of our wounded.
The offer was rejected, and the fact observed that dead and wounded were lying about the ground.
The enemy stated that the dead would be buried and the wounded properly provided for. Owing to our wounded lying exposed, it was not possible to do anything that day; the vessels were ordered to withdraw in order that the men might get fresh air below.
I he admiral expresses his satisfaction with those under his command, and says the vessels were handled with great skill in the narrow channel.
On July 21st he forwards copies of correspondence between General Gillmore
and himself, and states his belief that an additional land force is absolutely required to advance operations.
had been silenced and its garrison driven to shelter, and that could be repeated; the rest could only be accomplished by troops.’
As a part of the operations against Charleston
, the command of General A. H. Terry
was sent up the Stono River
to make a diversion.
, Commander G. B. Balch
; the McDonough
, Lieutenant-Commanding Bacon
; and the Marblehead
, Lieutenant-Commanding Scott
, were in those waters to co-operate.
On the afternoon of July 9th the Pawnee
(monitor), the McDonough
, and the Williams
proceeded up the Stono
, anchored above Strom's Landing, and opened