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e army of T. W. Sherman, on the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida during the first six months of 1862.
In the preceding volume we gave an account of the battle secured to the Federals the possession of the entire group of the St. Helena islands.
During this month, their gun-boats were employed in running into and observing the large bays of which they had taken possession—North Edisto, St. Helena Sound and its branch, South Edisto, the Coosaw, the Broad River, Warsaw and Ossabaw Sounds.
The localities of North Edisto, in consequence of its contiguity to Charleston, required particular attention.
Reconnaissances were likewise made in the inland channels which connect the Savannah River with the adjoining arms of the sea, in order to complete those we have mentioned above, which had revealed the existence of a navigable communication between the river and Warsaw Sound, by means of which the guns of Fort Pulaski could be avoided.
During the early part of January, a bol