Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Action in South Carolina

FEBRUARY 9TH, 1865:  The USS Pawnee, Sonoma and Daffodil engaged Confederate batteries on Togodo Creek, near the North Edisto River, South Carolina.  The Pawnee took ten hits and the other ships two each, but the naval bombardment successfully silence the Southern emplacements.

The action was one of several attacks along the coast that helped clear the way and keep the South's defenses disrupted while General Sherman's Army advanced northward.  With assurance of aid from the sea when needed, Sherman could travel light and fast.

On this date he was marching toward Orangeburg, on the north side of the Edisto River, and would capture it on the 12th.

--Old B-R'er

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