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little before 1 o'clock the monitors ceased firing and moved off, evidently to gain breathing time. Shortly before three o'clock in the afternoon four monitors rounded Cummings's Point, and approached Fort Sumter until within three-quarters of a mile, when they formed in line of battle and opened fire on Sumter, Moultrie, and battery Gregg. The enemy, it is believed, attempted to get an enfilading fire on the latter fortification. Fort Moultrie, batteries Bee and Beauregard, on Sullivan's Island, opened briskly with their heavy guns on the monitors; battery Gregg also keeping up a constant and vigorous fire from Cummings's Point. In about half an hour one of the monitors left, it is believed badly damaged. The engagement was continued by the others until four o'clock, when they also hauled off, batteries Gregg and Wagner giving them a parting salute. Our batteries struck the monitors twenty-eight times, some of the shots striking plump on the knuckle or base of the turret,
The Daily Dispatch: September 4, 1863., [Electronic resource], Northern correspondence — Statement of deserters. (search)
exploding as it strikes, and, as it explodes, scattering a seething, liquid flame, which no water will extinguish, and you may perhaps imagine the consternation which these "errand runners" produce. Fly on, ye winged messengers! Search out the hiding places of traitors, and in all the nests they have builded scatter destruction and death. More deserters. The monotony of the bombardment was broken on Friday by the arrival of a party of seven deserters from the rebel force on Sullivan's Island. They had been stationed where a full view of the effect of our shot upon the easterly face of Sumter was always before them. Upon the side of the work which is yet hidden to us they saw the bricks go down by cartloads, the guns dismounted, the casemates revealed and then destroyed, and they know that Sumter must fall — that, indeed, it was fast falling. So these seven men, knowing that victory was certain to the Yankees, tired of fighting longer for the Confederacy, and anxious, if