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The Daily Dispatch: August 24, 1863., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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From Charleston.bombardment of Fort Sumter. Charleston, August 20. --The firing of the Parrott guns upon Fort Sumter to-day was exceedingly heavy, but not so accurate as heretofore. About noon the flag was shot away, but soon replaced. No casualties are reported. Col. Affred Rhett is commanding, and the garrison is stout-hearted. The battery of Parrott guns is distant from Sumter two miles and five-eighths. The missiles used are 200-pound bolts eight inches in diameter, two feet long with flat head of chilled iron. Shells or the same dimensions are also used. Up to Wednesday night, the third day of the attack, 1,972 of these missiles struck Sumter; and, including to-day, 2,500 have struck. The damage is, of course, considerable; and, for the last two days, all the guns of the south face of the fort have been disabled. Yesterday, about 4 o'clock, the iron-clads formed in line of battle to renew the attack on Sumter, but the fort opened at long range from