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laid upon Fort Sumter shows General Long's narrow appreciation of the subject. But as to Fort Sumter itself, General Gilmer had nothing to do with the remodelling of its battered walls, nor with the preparation and strengthening of the defences in and around Charleston and its harbor; nor has he ever made any such claim. The fact is, that he only reported for duty in that Department about the middle of August, 1863, shortly before the evacuation of Morris Island, which occurred on the 7th of September. At that time the works in South Carolina and Georgia were already planned, and in process of construction, almost all of them being entirely completed. General Gilmer was an educated Engineer, doubtless worthy of the rank he held in the Confederate service; and no one denies that, had General Lee been sent to Charleston, in the fall of 1862, instead of General Beauregard, he would have been equal to the task laid out before him. What is alleged is—and the proof in support is derived
of the defence of Charleston, and not only presents with careful fidelity letters, orders, and telegrams of those high in authority at the time, but lays bare the causes that produced the events which so materially shaped that period of the war. It is corroborated, furthermore, in every respect, by the reports Reports of Generals Ripley, Taliaferro, Hagood, and Colonel Keitt, Rebellion Record, vol. x., p. 535, et seq. of all the subordinate commanders who, in turn, from July 10th to September 7th, had charge of Battery Wagner. Such facts only as are not mentioned by General Beauregard in his communication to the War Department, and some matters to which he could merely make incidental reference, will now be specially noticed. Arrangements for the exchange of prisoners taken on both sides during the recent engagements were entered into in the early part of August, but certain points in their execution gave rise to much reproach from General Gillmore, who even charged Genera
ngineer and Artillery Operations against Charleston, by General Gillmore, p. 335. See also p. 337. Being apprised in the same manner of the day and hour fixed for the final assault on Wagner (September 6th, at 9 P. M.), General Beauregard was able to perfect his plans for the prearranged evacuation of that work, and not only saved the garrison, but deprived the enemy of nearly—if not quite—all the fruits of his victory, as appears by the following signal despatch: Morris Island, Sept. 7th, 1863:5.10 A. M. Admiral Dahlgren: The whole island is ours, but the enemy have escaped us. General Gillmore. While, in the course of this narrative, we have been led to refer again to Battery Wagner, whose illustrious record so fully appears in General Beauregard's report of the defence of Morris Island, T See preceding chapter. it is also appropriate, we think, to give here the remarkable history of the only two heavy guns of that work (10-inch columbiads) bearing on the outer
our district, nevertheless your troops should be held constantly on the alert and ready for any effort to surprise you. Respectfully, your obedient servant, Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff. General Gillmore admits that with the second bombardment of Sumter ended all aggressive operations for the season against the defences of Charleston. Engineer and Artillery Operations against the Defences of Charleston Harbor, pp. 79, 80. The truth is, that the taking of Battery Wagner, on the 7th of September, was the enemy's last step forward; and though, from such a result, high expectations had arisen, not only on the part of the Federal commander in front of Charleston, but also throughout the Northern States, nothing more had been accomplished. Wagner and the whole of Morris Island were in the possession of the enemy; Sumter had been silenced and reduced to a heap of ruins, but bomb-proofs had been speedily erected, and the Confederate flag still floated over it, and its capacity for