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[522] naught, should be appreciated. During the seven days, while the presence of the fleet threatened action, Captain Wm. F. Nance, principal Assistant Adjutant-General on the district staff, performed his difficult duties in the administration of a command of-----thousand men in a prompt, judicious, and efficient manner. He was assisted by Lieutenants H. H. Rogers and W. H. Wagner, A. D. C. Captain F. B. Dubarry, District Ordnance Officer, was especially active and energetic in the supply of ammunition and material for the batteries. He was assisted by Lieutenant C. C. Pinckney. Captain B. H. Read, A. A. G.; Colonel Edward Manigault, and Lieutenant-Colonel St. Clair Dearing, volunteers upon the staff, were present during the action at Fort Sumter. Captain E. M. Seabrook, volunteer Aid-de-Camp, and Lieutenant Schmerle, Enrolling Officer and acting Aid-de-Camp, were generally with me during the active period, and all were energetic and prompt in the discharge of the duties required of them. Captain John S. Ryan acted on my immediate staff. To Majors Motte A. Pringle and Norman W. Smith, Post and District Quarter-masters, and Captain McClenahan, A. C. S., many thanks should be rendered. The duties of the Quartermaster's Department were excessively laborious on account of the limited means of transportation, and it is a matter of congratulation that, with such means, they were so well performed.

The reports of engineer officers will inform the commanding General of the condition of the various works, as well as of the acts of officers in that branch of the service.

I have the honor to transmit herewith a sketch of the position of the enemy's fleet at a quarter past four o'clock P. M. on the seventh, a return of the guns engaged, a return of ammunition expended, a numerical return of casualties, and the reports of different commanders. To the last I beg respectfully to refer for such information as is not included in this report.

I have also to transmit herewith two abolition ensigns obtained from the Keokuk, as she lies off Morris Island beach, by Lieutenant Glassell, C. S. N., one of which is evidently the ensign under which she fought and was worsted. None of the iron-clads flew large flags, the object having doubtless been to avoid presenting a mark to our artillery.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

R. S. Ripley, Brigadier-General, commanding.

Return of Guns and Mortars at Forts and Batteries in Charleston Harbor, engaged with the Abolition Iron-clads, April seventh, 1863:

Fort or battery.10-inch Columbiad.9-inch Dahlgrens.7-inch Brooke.8-inch Columbiad.42-pounder, rifled.32-pounder, rifled.32-pounder, smooth.10-inch Mortars.Grand Total.
Fort Sumter422871137 
Fort Moultrie   9 552 
Battery Bee5  1     
Battery Beauregard   1 1   
Battery at Cummins' Point11       
Battery Wagner     1   

Return of Casualties in action:

Fort or battery.Killed.wounded.Grand Total.remarks.
Fort Sumter   14 Splinters from traverse.
Fort Moultrie 1    Fall of flagstaff.
Battery Wagner3  23 Explosion of ammunition chest.
 31 3714 

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