Tuesday, December 20, 1864

Hilton Head, South Carolina

General Foster welcomed me ashore at Hilton Head. I learned that General Easton had left for Fort McAllister yesterday morning on the steamer Mayflower. We discussed the Port Royal force and the need to command the Union causeway leading North from Savannah. I was displeased to learn that Hatch did not control the road as Foster had intimated. Hatch was ordered to get his force astride the causeway to close that route to Savannah. I had some concern because the force was small and could be overwhelmed if Hardee should leave Savannah and turn his whole force upon it.

Tonight, I went on board the admiral’s flag-ship, the Harvest Moon, which put to sea in high winds. The seas were rough, the pilot judged Ossabaw Bar impassable, and ran into Tybee.

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