On May 23d, in an endeavor to aid army operations at Volusia
, on the St. John's River
, the tug Columbine
, Ensign Sanborn
, having an army detachment of 25 men on board, was fired upon, disabled, and ran aground from the wheel-ropes having been cut by the shells, at Horse Shoe Landing, on her return from Volusia
Master's mate John Davis
, ‘while nobly performing his duty,’ was killed; also 16 soldiers were killed or missing, and 5 wounded. The remainder were taken prisoners, and the vessel set on fire without removing the dead.
On June 3, 1864, the Water Witch
, Commander Pendergrast
, blockading in Ossabaw Sound
, was boarded and captured, only one man (a ‘contraband’) escaping.
Seven cotton barges, carrying 150 men, approached the vessel, the night being dark and squally; they were, in fact, alongside almost as soon as discovered, and although boarding nettings were up, the vessel soon became a prize.
The Water Witch lost 1 man killed, 13 wounded, and 2 missing. The Confederates lost their leader, Lieutenant Pelot
of their navy, 8 or 10 killed, and 15 or 20 wounded.
Toward the middle of June Admiral Dahlgren
received information from the Navy Department ‘that the enemy meditated a simultaneous movement on the blockade, inside and out, in order to cover the exit of a large quantity of cotton.’
This led to some strategic movements on the part of the army along the Stono River
, aided by a naval force in those waters.
These operations were concluded on the 9th of July, after which General Foster
returned to Port Royal
. General Schimmelfennig
, in command of the troops on James Island
, in a letter to the admiral says: ‘I take pleasure in informing you of the excellent practice by your gunboats and monitors on Stono River
They drove the ’