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subordinates if they failed to perform impossibilities. The defeat at Honey Hill (November 30) was less humiliating than that at Olustee, because there was more object in the battle. It formed a part of an attempt to carry out an order given by General Halleck, by report of General Sherman, that General Foster should break the Charleston and Savannah Railroad about Pocotaligo about the first of December. Emilio, p. 237. This particular fight was sufficiently well timed for Lieut.-Col. C. C. Jones, Jr., in his Siege of Savannah to say of it, The engagement [November 30] at Honey Hill released the city of Savannah from an impending danger, which, had it not been thus averted, would have necessitated its immediate evacuation. General Potter wrote of the troops engaged, Nothing but the formidable character of the obstacles they encountered prevented them from achieving success; and Capt. Charles C. Soule, of the 55th Mass., wrote to the Philadelphia Weekly Times, The generalship d