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Prospects for its reduction--Fort Sumter in a Damaged condition Gen Gilmore's Designs — a view from a Monitor's turret, &c., &c. The ont now progressing is, I learn mainly to conceal the erection, by Gen. Gilmore, of a masked battery within five hundred yards of Fort Wagner, as already a sightless mass of sand, and with the boring shell of Gen. Gilmore a strong effort will be made to penetrate its magazine and put aa report coming from the direction of James Island, showing that Gen. Gilmore is keeping close watch and ward over any flecking movements that came thick and fast. The firing from the land batteries of Gen. Gilmore and the iron clads was excellent, and the big shells which tors . In a few days we expect to see the shot issuing from them. Gilmore pushing on. Certainly Gen. Gilmore is a persevering and industGen. Gilmore is a persevering and industrious man. The fortifications which he is throwing up in his advanced position are already extensive, and assume even a formidable appearance.
y and was the occasion of considerable excitement. As the favorable accounts came in however, everybody seemed satisfied, and a large proportion of our non tants repaired to Rocketts to attend upon our wounded as they arrived by the boats. The firing ceased between three and four o'clock, the advantage remaining decidedly with our troops. We have many rumors from the battle field which we do not deem necessary to mention. It was, however, reported last evening that our forces had Gen Gilmore's corps cut off from the gunboats, with every prospect of their capture. We have heard our own Jossea on yesterday estimated at one hundred and fifty killed and a thousand wounded. A considerable proportion of those brought in had received light wounds. Altogether, the situation on the Southside is decidedly favorable, and Butler must look to his laurels. Indeed, it is not believed, that this redoubtable individual is in any position of danger, but either on board a gunboat or
river were two squadrons of colored cavalry, then came the Ninth New Jersey infantry, then the Twenty-third Massachsells, then the Twenty-fifth and Twenty seventh Massachusetts, all of Heckman's brigade, of Weltred's division, of Smith's corps. Gilmore's corps held the left and the left centre. Our line of battle was the fortifications, except on the extreme right, for they did not extend down to the river. A narrow belt of limber screened our reserves from the view of the rebels on the righand compelled the enemy to right at a great disadvantage. The result was his repulse. Our less in this affair was about fifty men. In the battle of the morning we probably lost two thousand killed, wounded and missing; but in the battle with Gen Gilmore, which occurred subsequently, our loss was comparatively trifling, perhaps two hundred. The loss in guns was, so far as I have learned, four pieces. We lost no wagons or other material of war. Our galus were the developing of the enemy'
heavy columns of the enemy, with large trains, were observed passing down the pike towards Petersburg. It was conjectured that the trains were either carrying supplies for the moving columns, or they were being sent to Petersburg to be loaded with supplies for Lee's army or the forces in Richmond. At any rate the capture or destruction of any of the trains was an object very desirable at the present juncture of rebel affairs, and it was determined to attempt it. Gen R S Foster, Chief of Gen Gilmore's Staff, took command of the force, consisting of Onderdonk's Mounted Rifles, a battalion of the 4th Massachusetts cavalry, two regiments of negro cavalry, and a portion of the 11th Maine infantry. A night expedition. Gen Foster started with his column at about nine o'clock in the evening, and moved quietly out to our picket lines, and a few hundred yards behind, when he halted, stationed pickets on different loads to guard against a move to cut him off, and then attempted to mov