of May I sent this despatch to the Hon. the Secretary of War:
Enemy's fleet, reported at Hilton Head and Port Royal yesterday, is 4 steam frigates, 5 wooden gunboats, 6 ships, 4 barks, 3 brigs, some days ago. Thus far, however, I can see no evidence of reduction.
General Hunter was at Hilton Head on the 8th instant; his troops hold the same positions as heretofore, and apparently in the sSeabrook's Island, and the balance on the islands about Port Royal. One of the monitors is at Hilton Head, and five are still in the North Edisto.
Nor has the number of their gunboats or transports h Edisto, and one steam-frigate, one sloop-of-war, one gunboat, and thirty-four transports at Hilton Head.
Brigadier-General Ripley was instructed this day to have the guns intended for the Legares, eight gunboats, three mortar-hulks, and thirteen vessels inside the bar—outside, seven; at Hilton Head, fifty-two vessels, including gunboats and ironclads.
My telegram of this date was: