This action disrupted Confederate plans to erect batteries and build troop strength in the area intending to close the Coosaw River and isolate Federal troops on Port Royal Island.
General Stevens wrote: "I would do a great injustice to my own feelings did I fail to express my satisfaction and delight with the recent cooperation of the command of Captain Rodgers in our celebration of New Year's Day.
"Whether regard be had to his beautiful working of the gunboats in the narrow channel of Port Royal, the thorough concert of action established through the signal officers, or the masterly handling of the guns against the enemy, nothing remained to be desired.
"such a cooperation ... augurs everything. propitious for the welfare of our cause in this quarter of the country."
High Praise Indeed. --Old B-Runner