Both Morris and Sullivan's Islands are scarcely removed above the level of the sea, which, indeed, would probably invade and cover them, were it not that the margin of the islands on their sea-frontage, is marked by a continuous narrow strip of low sand-hills, some five or six feet in height.
Behind the second ridge of the islands, are alternate salt marsh, sand, and clumps of wood of live-oak, palmetto and tangled tropical undergrowths.
The whole coast of South-Carolina and Georgia, consists of a labyrinth of islands and islets of this character, round which reedy creeks and rivers wind.
With Sullivan's Island on our right, we run the eye up to its upper or north end, formed by Breach Inlet.
Guarding this point, is Breach Inlet battery — a powerful sand-work, having a circular dome-like bomb-proof magazine in its centre.
It is, however, three miles from the entrance of the harbor, and will not be able to molest our ships on their passage.
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a descriptive character, without any claim to scientific precision.
The Nahant received in all thirty wounds, several of them bad fractures of the deck and sides, below and above the water-line.
The most fatal blow, however, was given by a heavy rifled shot, which struck the pilot-house, and dislodged several of the bolts, one of which, driven violently inward, wounded all of the three inmates of the pilot-house — the Captain, (Captain Downs, Massachusetts,) the Pilot, (Isaac Sofield, New-Jersey,) and the Quartermaster, (Edward Cobb, Massachusetts.) The Quartermaster had been struck by the bolt on the back of the skull, which received a compound comminuted fracture.
When I saw the poor fellow, late at night, he was in a state of coma, his life ebbing away.
He died this morning.
The pilot's wound was a severe contusion of the neck and shoulder, and he is doing well.
The Captain received merely a slight contusion of the foot.
Other bolts were driven in, in the turret also, and