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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the Third winter. (search)
sland, and could not send to Morris Island the troops that might have foiled the debarkation of Strong's brigade. Another demonstration ordered by Gillmore to prevent Beauregard from drawing troops from Savannah did not succeed so well. Colonel Higginson embarked on the same date with a negro regiment, the First South Carolina, on transports to ascend by the South Edisto River and the Pawpaw River as far as Jacksonboroa, where he was to cut the Savannah and Charleston Railroad. The attempt failed, like those which, to reach the same end, had previously been directed against the bridges at Coosawhatchie and Salkehatchie: the narrowness of the rivers and the distance rendered all these expeditions very perilous. Higginson was checked, repulsed, and obliged to retire, after abandoning two guns and burning one of his steamers. The greater part of Seymour's division, collected on the 10th, posted itself strongly on Morris Island, of which it occupied threefourths. It held all t