Special Reports

June 17, 2011

Civil War moments in S.C. -- Nov. 30, 1864

The Battle of Honey Hill. With Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s army approaching Savannah on its march through Georgia to the sea, Union troops under Maj. Gen. John P. Hatch once again attempt to cut off the Charleston-Savannah railroad.

Hatch’s 5,000 men steam up the Broad River in transports to cut the railroad near Pocotaligo. At Honey Hill, Hatch encountered a Confederate force, including Georgia militia and S.C. cavalry, under Col. Charles J. Colcock. Despite determined attacks by black Union troops, including the 54th and 55th Massachusetts, Hatch is unable to dislodge the Confederates and withdraws, having lost 89 killed, 629 wounded and 28 missing.

Confederate dead and wounded totaled 47. Skirmishing along the railway continues for months.

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