New York, May 3
.--The mate of the schooner D. B. Pitts
, lately arrived from Charleston
, says that there is no doubt that nearly 200 men were killed in the batteries during the engagement, and that most of them were buried on the beach.
He says that on the nights of the 15th, 16th, and 17th instant, the steamboat which plied between the city and the batteries took down an aggregate of about 200 coffins.
He was informed also by a gentleman who had a brother and brother-in-law in the garrison of Fort Moultrie
, that after writing to them repeatedly without obtaining any answer, he finally received a note from one of the officers, stating that they had both been killed, and that their bodies could be sent for, which he was about to do. He learned from various sources that the number killed in Fort Moultrie
was 39, but could not ascertain the number in the other batteries.
He is positive as to the shipment of a large number of coffins on board the steamboat on the nights mentioned, having seen them taken on board himself.--N. Y. Tribune, May 3