Expedition from Beaufort, S. C., to Doboy River, Ga. November 13-18, 1862
Report of Brig. Gen. Rufus Saxton, U.S. Army
BEAUFORT, S. C., November 25, 1862.
SIR: I have the honor to inclose for your information the report of our expedition to Doboy River, Georgia:
The expedition was composed of three companies of the First South Carolina Volunteers (colored), under the command of Lieut. Col. Oliver T. Beard, Forty-eighth New York Volunteers, and was in every respect a success.
It gives me pleasure to bear witness to the good conduct of the negro troops. They fought with the most determined bravery. Although scarcely one month since the organization of this regiment was commenced, in that short: period these untrained soldiers have captured from the enemy an amount of property equal in value to the cost of the regiment for a year. They have driven back equal numbers of rebel troops, and have destroyed the salt-works along the whole line of this coast.
Great credit is due to Lieutenant-Colonel Beard for his energy and skill in the management of this expedition.
I am, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,
Hon. E. M. Stanton,
Secretary of War.
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I, Volume 14. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.