Fort Fisher

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Expedition Up the Waccamaw River, S.C.-- Part 2: Saved From Raiding Deserters

"I found the Mingoe ashore near her destination, towed her off and caused her to drop to a point where she could anchor.  The shore expedition had gone on, and I took the remainder of the boats in tow as far as practicable, then causing them to row.  After incredible labor and difficulty, succeeded in getting to Conwayboro at nightfall, just after the marching division.

"No enemies were encountered, but it was reported many small parties fled in various directions on our approach by river and land.

""The people of the town were glad to see us; even those having relatives in the army professed their joy at being saved from the raiding deserters.  They assure us that the penetration of our parties into such distances, supposed to be inaccessible to our vessels, has spread a saluatory dread, and that our large force on the Catalpa, 4 large launches, and 10 boats, with about 300 men in all, at the highest point, presented such a formidable display, with 7 howitzers, that they thought they would be completely prevented [from] returning to that neighborhood."

--Old B-R'er

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