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vessels which you had placed under my orders, having passed from Broad River through Whale branch, came within signal distance, and their comurned into the Coosaw River — the other gunboats went up through Broad River, and thence into the Coosaw.
The first call of the New-Year wthe Seneca and Ellen having gone round the other way through the Broad River, were also pitching into the Fort from that side.
Now, then, an be approached from Hilton Head, by water, in two ways: by the Broad River, on the western side of the island, and through the Port Royal Ren, and the Ellen, Captain Budd; which were to go up through the Broad River, on the other side of island.
At three o'clock on New Year's mo occurring, the two gunboats, Seneca and Ellen, had come up from Broad River through a short cut, the Whale Branch, into the Coosaw, and sheldemolished, the enemy driven back five miles, the navigation of the Broad and Coosaw Rivers rendered secure for our gunboats or transports, a
enemy to shut up our troops in Port Royal Island, by placing obstructions in Coosaw River and Whale branch, by constructing batteries at Port Royal Ferry, at Seabrookng the troops on the transports, went up Beaufort River, and turned into the Coosaw River — the other gunboats went up through Broad River, and thence into the Coosawe eastern side of Port Royal Island, and about ten miles north of it, on the Coosaw River, is Port Royal Ferry, which affords the, best means of crossing from the islsly, in sight of our pickets, and attempted to command the navigation of the Coosaw River.
Some two weeks ago they fired into the little steamer Mayflower, used for molished, the enemy driven back five miles, the navigation of the Broad and Coosaw Rivers rendered secure for our gunboats or transports, and a salutary lesson admineamers.
The enemy now hold that position of the mainland bordering on the Coosaw River, and stretching from Chrisholm's to the ferry.
They have mounted guns on ou