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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 1 1 Browse Search
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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 2: (search)
Chapter 2: Affairs on the coast loss of Port Royal Harbor Gen. R. E. Lee in command of the department landing of Federals at Port Royal Ferry gallant fight on Edisto island General Pemberton Succeeds Lee in command defensive line, April, 1862. Throughout the summer of 1861 , in Charleston and along the coast of South Carolina, all was activity in the work of preparation and defense. On August 21st, Brig.-Gen. R. S. Ripley, whose promotion to that rank had been applauded by the soldiers and citizens of the State, was assigned to the department of South Carolina and the coast defenses of that State. On assuming command, General Ripley found the governor and people fully alive to the seriousness of the situation, and everything being done which the limited resources of the State permitted, to erect fortifications and batteries on the coast, and to arm and equip troops for State and Confederate service. Governor Pickens wrote to the secretary of war at Richmond a