rleston was located in the Military Department of the South, comprising the narrow strip of sea-coast held by the Union forces in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Upon relieving General David Hunter and assuming command of this department in June, I found our troops actually occupying eleven positions on this stretch of coast, while a small blockading squadron held a variable and more or less imperfect control of the principal inlets.
In the neighborhood of Charleston we held all the coasaching velocity, even the light projectiles provided for them — the great work of the siege was begun.
During the operations fifty-one of these Parrott rifles were expended by bursting, most of them prematurely.
Meanwhile between the middle of June and the 6th of July preparations for the descent upon Morris Island went quietly forward.
It was deemed necessary that this attack should be a surprise in order to insure success.
On the extreme northern end of Folly Island forty-seven field and