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[240] on both sides than upon the dispositions made by their chiefs. One had thrown forward his troops within a space which was constantly becoming narrower, against works before which they could not even deploy, and which he ought to have endeavored to turn by the left; the other had suffered himself to be taken completely by surprise. The Confederates lost two hundred and seven men in this affair.

The Federals, having returned in sadness to their camp, were soon ordered to re-embark, and were again scattered in different directions. All idea of an attack upon Charleston was abandoned, and the navy remained alone to watch Stono River, in view of certain operations which were postponed until the following year.

No feat of arms of any interest occurred along that coast after the battle of Secessionville until the beginning of July, a period at which we must interrupt this portion of our narrative.

On the 7th of April, the gun-boat Onward entered the waters of Bull's Bay, and stationed herself there for the purpose of closing this anchorage against the contraband trade; she found an abandoned work on Bull's Island, situated at the extremity of the bay.

On the 21st of June, the gun-boat Crusader, piloted by Robert Small, destroyed, at the inner extremity of North Edisto Bay, a battery situated on the heights of Simon's Bluff, which the Confederates abandoned after firing a few musket-shots.

The naval operations north of Charleston were equally unimportant.

On the 21st of May, the gun-boat Albatross had entered the deep estuary called Winyaw Bay, between Charleston and Cape Fear, at the inner extremity of which stands the little town of Georgetown. This place had become one of the resorts of blockade-runners; but the Federals encountered no opposition. They made their appearance in front of the pier, without landing, sailed up and down the bay and rivers which empty into it, picked up eighty fugitive negroes, and destroyed a few works which the Confederates had mounted with wooden guns in order to intimidate them; the Albatross remained in the bay, so as to render its blockade more effective.

During the six months which we have considered in this chapter,

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