FEBRAUARY 4-6TH, 1865: A boat expedition under Lt.Cmdr. Cushing, USS Monticello, proceeded up Little River, South Carolina, placing the small town of All Saints Parish under guard and capturing a number of Confederate soldiers.
On the 5th, Cushing destroyed some $15,000 worth of cotton. The next day he sent two boat crews to Shallotte Inlet, North Carolina, where they surprised a small force of Confederates collecting provisions for the troops at Fort Anderson on the Cape Fear River below Wilmington.
Six of the soldiers were taken prisoner and the stores they had gathered were destroyed. The Southerners reported that troops previously stationed at Shallotte Inlet had been ordered to Fort Anderson; there the South hoped to stall the Army-Navy movement on Wilmington.
Cushing's At It Again. --Old B-Runner