Wednesday, January 25, 1865

Pocotaligo, South Carolina

I rode to Pocotaligo, and thence reconnoitred our entire line down to Coosawhatchie. Pocotaligo Fort is on low, alluvial ground, and near it begins the sandy pine-land which connects with the firm ground extending inland, constituting the chief reason for its capture at the very first stage of the campaign. Hatch’s division is ordered to Pocotaligo from Coosawhatchie, and the whole of Howard’s right wing will be brought near by, ready to start by the 1st of February.

I reconnoitered the point of the Salkiehatchie River, where the Charleston Railroad crosses it, found the bridge protected by a rebel battery on the farther side, and could see a few men about it; but the stream itself was absolutely impassable, for the whole bottom was overflowed by its swollen waters to the breadth of a full mile. Nevertheless, Force’s and Mower’s divisions of the Seventeenth Corps keep active, seemingly with the intention to cross over in the direction of Charleston, and thus to keep up the delusion that that city is our immediate “objective.”

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