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agner and Gregg to the last extremity.
Every movement of the enemy was in the meantime watched with the utmost vigilance, while the accurate firing of Sumter, Gregg, and Wagner continued seriously to interfere with the working parties engaged on his lines of gradual approaches.
Charleston under fire — view on Market street. From a War-time sketch.
Among the most memorable incidents of this period of the siege was the seven days bombardment of Fort Sumter, which commenced on the 17th of August and lasted up to the 23d.
It appeared to be, on the part of the Federals, a desperate and final attempt to force the surrender of the fort, and thus effect the reduction of Morris Island, and even of the city of Charleston.
This was evidenced by the peremptory demand which I received from General Gillmore on the 21st for the immediate evacuation of Morris Island and Fort Sumter, followed.
by the threat that if, within four hours after the delivery of his letter into the hands of the c