enemy out of his rifle-pits, and prevented him from erecting an earthwork which he had commenced.’
Commander G. M. Colvocoresses
commanded the sailing sloop-of-war Saratoga
, lying in Doboy Sound, Ga.
He had received a copy of a newspaper published in Savannah
, and observed that a county meeting had been called in his vicinity for the purpose of organizing a coastguard.
As he regarded himself and those under his command as interested parties, he determined to attend, and for the purpose of holding a controlling majority, took with him 8 officers and 107 sailors and marines, supplied with bullets in lieu of ballots, leaving the vessel on the afternoon of the 2d of August.
His party reached the mainland at 9 P. M., and the boats with their crews were sent back to the ship, to meet him the next day at the Ridge Landing
, somewhat nearer the ship.
A skirmish line was thrown out, and the advance begun.
At midnight a house was reached, which was silently passed, and the main road toward Savannah
Arriving at a bridge, the expedition was halted; an officer with seven men was detailed to guard it and to capture all persons coming from the direction of the McIntosh County
At 11 A. M. on the following day the bridge was to be burned, which would prevent a possible attendance also of some three hundred Confederate cavalry supposed to be encamped some miles beyond.
The vicinity of the court house was reached, the party divided, Captain Colvocoresses
taking half the force and Ensign Rogers
the remainder, the one proceeding to the right, the other to the left.
‘When they arrived at the building they took to the neighboring woods, and lay there concealed until the proper time for making the attack.
At 11 the signal ’