which exploded as they passed, blowing many of the men to atoms.
The national line moved on over every obstacle, driving the garrison to the bomb-proofs, where a hand-to-hand fight ensued.
The rebels only succumbed as each man was individually overpowered; but McAllister
lost twenty-four men killed, and one hundred and ten wounded. The garrison, of course, fell into his hands.
Meantime the national signal officers
, from their stations in the trees and on the mill-tops, had been two days looking eagerly over the rice-fields and the salt marshes, in the direction of Ossabaw, but as yet perceived no indication of the fleet.
But, while watching Hazen
's preparations for the assault, Sherman
himself descried what seemed the smoke-pipe of a steamer, becoming more and more distinct against the horizon, until, almost at the moment of the assault, a vessel was plainly visible below the fort, and the army signals were answered.
As soon as the colors were fairly planted on the rebel wall, Sherman
proceeded to the fort, and, finding a skiff in the neighborhood, a crew of oarsmen from the army pulled him rapidly down the stream.
Night had already set in, but six miles below McAllister
he saw a light, and was hailed by a vessel at anchor.
It was the advance ship of the squadron, awaiting the approach of the army.
The March to the Sea
At 11.30 P. M. on the 13th of December, Sherman
went aboard and wrote dispatches to Grant
and the government.
Later that night he met General Foster
, who had come up the Ogeechee
to communicate with him, and in Wassaw sound