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made for the breach of truce the day before. This having been given and deemed satisfactory, General Vogdes verbally proposed an exchange of prisoners, mentioning that they had but few of ours, all except those recently captured having been sent North; that as we had the excess, of course we could select whom to exchange. He abstained from any reference to negroes, while intimating that a mutual parole of prisoners without regard to excess would be agreeable. The following instructions wereturn to us Lieutenant Bee's, with the sword of the latter. * * * His request was complied with; and he then verbally proposed an exchange of prisoners, mentioning that they had but few of ours, all except those recently captured having been sent North; that, as we had the excess, of course we could select whom to exchange ; while intimating that a general exchange, without regard to excess, would be acceptable. Pending the interview, General Hagood received a despatch from General Ripley's he
A. H. Colquitt (search for this): chapter 7
f our troops to the south end before daylight. Two regiments under Brigadier-General Colquitt arrived on the 14th, and were sent to James Island. During the day tpproach—James, Morris, and Sullivan's islands—and requested the balance of General Colquitt's brigade, with more troops, as soon as possible. No gun was fired on edate was: Enemy still being largely reinforced from northward. Cannot General Colquitt's other regiment be ordered here at once? More troops are absolutely requ On the 7th I received a telegram from you informing me that the balance of Colquitt's brigade was ordered to Charleston. There was little firing throughout thece has occurred since yesterday. Evans's brigade is arriving in Savannah, and Colquitt's regiments arriving here. About seven o'clock on the morning of the 11th,gadier-General W. B. Taliaferro, Brigadier-General Johnson Hagood, Brigadier-General A. H. Colquitt, Colonel L. M. Keitt, and Colonel G. P. Harrison, who, at differen
S. R. Gist (search for this): chapter 7
troops at my disposal, in South Carolina and Georgia, gave an effective total of 30,040, distributed as follows: First Military District.Second Military District.Third Military District.Georgia Infantry6,8071,8193,6555,661 Light artillery1,067288496546 Heavy artillery2,2382,038 Cavalry1,1177421,6861,880 Total11,2292,8495,83710,125 But the withdrawal of Cook's brigade to North Carolina immediately after the repulse of the ironclad fleet on the 7th of April, of BrigadierGen-erals S. R. Gist's and W. H. T. Walker's brigades and light batteries, about the 4th of May, reduced my force materially. The Department is aware of the circumstances under which this reduction of the troops took place, and, in this connection, I beg to refer to my letters to the Hon. Secretary of War of the 10th of May, and to General Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, of June 15th and 20th of July, 1863. The forces in the First Military District on the 10th of July, 1863, were as follows:
H. R. Lesesne (search for this): chapter 7
up the extreme rear, and to fire the only magazine which contained powder. The necessary arrangements being completed, and Colonel Keitt having been informed that the transportation was ready, the embarkation commenced, and was continued with the utmost quietness and despatch. The wounded were first embarked, and were followed by the remnants of the infantry garrison. Captain Kanapaux, commanding light artillery, was then ordered to spike his three howitzers and embark his command. Captain Lesesne, commanding at Battery Gregg, spiked the guns of that battery and followed with his command; and the rear-guard from Wagner, coming up at this time, in pursuance of orders from Colonel Keitt, the safety-fuses communicating with the magazines were lighted—that at Wagner by Captain Huguenin, and that at Gregg by Major Holcombe, C. S.— and the remainder of the command was safely and expeditiously embarked. Owing to defects in the fuses themselves, they failed of accomplishing the purpose
F. S. Dupont (search for this): chapter 7
f defences. Reduce the command on James Island, and the enemy may readily penetrate by such a coup de main as was attempted last year at the weakened point. James Island would then fall, and, despite our harbor defences, the City of Charleston would be thrown open to bombardment. It is not safe to have less than a regiment of infantry on Morris Island, which, if once carried by the enemy, would expose Fort Sumter to be taken in reverse and demolished. * * * Late Northern papers say Admiral Dupont has been relieved in command of the fleet on this coast by Admiral Foote, an officer whose operations in the West evinced much activity and an enterprising spirit. And even were considerable reductions made in the enemy's forces, the valuable coast districts would still be left a prey to such destructive raids as devastated the Combahee 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 po
Joseph E. Johnston (search for this): chapter 7
11th of May. Insufficiency of his forces to resist the enemy's movements. President Davis asks reinforcements for General Johnston. General Beauregard's answer. different routes of approach for attacking Charleston. route by Morris Island the lbut if the purpose of the enemy be to send his reinforcements to the Mississippi, you will go on and co-operate with General Johnston in that quarter. This I answered by a telegram, on the 13th of same month, as follows: Enemy's ironclads a needless to enter the control of the Mississippi connection between the States east and west of it will be lost, unless Johnston is strongly and promptly reinforced within the next sixty days. Can you give him further aid without the probable loss orc reported going south from Stono, probably intended to operate against Savannah. Cannot some of my troops sent to General Johnston be ordered back immediately for defence of this city? Orders were given to the Chief Quartermaster to have train
Leroy Hammond (search for this): chapter 7
ck the vessel eight times in succession before it got out of range. About 2 P. M. the enemy again approached with four monitors and engaged the fort for four hours; a steady fire was kept up on them from Fort Moultrie and other Sullivan's Island batteries. During the engagement the enemy fired about sixty shots, striking Fort Moultrie fifteen times, but doing no damage. The fort fired one hundred and thirty-two shots. The enemy's fire on Fort Sumter was slack throughout the day. Captain Leroy Hammond, 25th South Carolina Volunteers, reported during the day that, in obedience to instructions, he had made a reconnoissance of Light-house Inlet and the south side of Black Island; on the island he saw pickets and bivouac fires, but discovered no earthworks. During the night the enemy succeeded in advancing their sap a short distance towards Battery Wagner, notwithstanding the heavy fire that was kept up on them from that work. At daylight, on the 1st of September, the enemy opened
J. M. Wampler (search for this): chapter 7
vy cannonade being directed against those three works, but principally against Wagner, which, having only two 10-inch columbiads and one 382-pounder, rifled, to reply to the enemy's fleet, maintained the unequal contest more than one hour, when Colonel Keitt, commanding on Morris Island, ordered the brave artillerists and their gallant officers to the cover of the bomb-proofs. During this terrible fire the Engineer Department lost the valuable services of a most promising officer, Captain J. M. Wampler, of Virginia, who was killed by the explosion of a 15-inch shell. During the engagement Captain Rodgers, commanding the monitor Weehawken, was killed in the pilot-house of his ship. In the twenty-four hours 948 shots were fired against Fort Sumter; 448 struck outside, 233 inside, and 270 passed over. The casualties in the fort amounted to fourteen. On the 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22d, and 23d of August the fierce bombardment of Fort Sumter was continued by the enemy, both from
ld, Morris Island, S. C., August 5th, 1863. Genl. G. T. Beauregard, Comdg. Confederate Forces, Charleston, S. C.: General,—Your two letter Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Q. A. Gillmore, Brig.-Genl. Comdg. This necessitated the following letter, which further exents. Respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, Genl. Comdg. General Gillmore made no reply to the foregoing letter. Onh, Morris Island, S. C., August 21st, 1863. Genl. G. T. Beauregard, Comdg. Confed. Forces about Charleston, S. C.: General,—I have the hono this letter when first received at Department Headquarters. Brig.-Genl. Comdg. General Beauregard's refusal to comply with the foregoin Charleston, S. C., August 22d, 1863. Brig.-General Q. A. Gillmore, Comdg. U. S. Forces, Morris Island, etc.: Sir,—Last night, at fifteen ands. Respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, Genl. Comdg. There was a rejoinder to General Beauregard's remonstrance,<
R. S. Ripley (search for this): chapter 7
he following extracts of reports from Brigadier-General Ripley will show: June 12th, 1863. bes or hose from the upper terre-plein. General Ripley was also instructed to reduce the forces oring the engagement, I telegraphed to Brigadier-General Ripley that Morris Island must be held at al of consequence done to the works. Brigadier-General Ripley was instructed to transport as early projectiles. Orders were given to Brigadier-General Ripley to arrange with Captain Tucker of theorris Island. Orders were given to Brigadier-General Ripley to remove to Battery Gregg the two moaintained slowly during the night. Brigadier-General Ripley will give such additional orders as w the valuable services rendered by Brigadier-General R. S. Ripley, in command of the First Military ery respect, by the reports Reports of Generals Ripley, Taliaferro, Hagood, and Colonel Keitt, Rw, General Hagood received a despatch from General Ripley's headquarters, in Charleston, where the i[4 more...]
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