fire on James Island
The troops followed in transports, landed, and sent a force out on the island.
On the 11th a Confederate battery opened fire on the army transport Hunter
, and at once received the fire of the McDonough
and the Williams
In the afternoon, at the request of General Terry
, the Pawnee
anchored off Grimball
's, near the locality where the Isaac Smith
had been captured five months previously, and opened fire in the direction of Secessionville
, to assist our troops in making a forward movement, and this was continued, and at ranges designated, until signal was made to cease, when the troops advanced.
On the morning of the 16th the enemy opened a heavy fire on the Pawnee
, choosing a time when the position of the vessels would not permit their batteries to bear.
The narrow channel, and the steering-wheel of the Pawnee
being disabled, made the attempt to drop down perilous, but the movement was effected without grounding, and was most opportune.
signalled that the enemy was advancing in force, and requested the Pawnee
to open fire.
This was effectively done, and an advance along a causeway was checked.
The attack on Terry
's troops was very spirited, and, as learned through prisoners taken, the design was to disable the vessels, and by means of a superior force capture the troops.
On the afternoon of that day General Terry
stated that he had fulfilled his instructions, and would embark during the night.
As proposed, the troops left, and the vessels of war dropped down to the inlet.
Active operations, from causes indicated above, were suspended on Morris Island
until the morning of August 17th, at which time General Gillmore
opened fire on Fort Sumter
from all of his batteries.
At the same time Admiral Dahlgren
, with his flag on board of the Weehawken