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Chapter 15: Potter's Raid. While at Columbia, S. C., General Sherman sent and destroyed the railroad to Kingsville and the Wateree Bridge. From Cheraw he broke the railroad trestles toward Florence as far as Darlington, and the enemy burned the railroad bridge over the Pedee. Between Florence and Sumterville was a vast amount of rollingstock thus hemmed in. Sherman, considering that this should be destroyed before the roads could be repaired, and that the food supplies in that section sh
tent were fired as a salute.
Soon after, the march was resumed in sultry weather with frequent showers.
Ten miles from the Santee the division bivouacked after completing a journey of twenty miles.
On the 22d the troops continued on over the Santee road.
When opposite Wright's Bluff, the wounded, sick, and about five hundred contrabands were sent to the river for transportation by water.
News was received of Lee's surrender which, though not unexpected, caused great rejoicing.