atter had taken near Grimball's plantation.
The Confederates, although superior in number, did not seriously attack, but their artillery compelled a prompt retreat on the part of the Federal gunboats, which could not operate on Stono River: the Pawnee was riddled with shots.
On the morrow Gillmore recalled Terry's division: he needed all his forces on Morris Island, and could not, as we have said, attempt to occupy James Island, however advantageous might have been this conquest to menace Chais dangerous coast.
Finally, the year closed in front of Charleston with an attempt, of little importance, by the Confederate troops posted on James Island against the Federal craft occupying the waters of Stono River—namely, the Marblehead, the Pawnee, and the sailing vessel Williams.
A pretty sharp artillery engagement took place on Christmas Day near Legareville, and ended with the retreat of the Confederates, who left behind them some men killed and two guns.
Almost the entire squadron