MAY 25TH, 1864: A joint Army-Navy expedition up the Ashepoo and South Edisto rivers, South Carolina was launched to cut the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. Union vessels included the USS Commodore McDonough and wooden steamers USS E.B. Hale, Dai Ching and Vixen and a detachment of Marines.
The Navy pushed up the the South Edisto and the Army transports up the Ashepoo. the Navy force landed Marines and opened fire on the town of Willstown on the 26th. Unable to make contact with the Army force, they withdrew the next morning. The transport Boston ran aground in the Ashepoo and was destroyed to prevent capture.
Action You Don't Hear About. --Old B-R'er