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[541] were unsurpassed. I regret to say he was severely wounded.

I would also especially mention Lieutenant Waters, commanding the field pieces on the left of the works, who was conspicuous for his gallantry, and was severely wounded; and the skill, coolness, and gallantry of Captain Du Pass, who assumed command of his pieces after his fall. These pieces rendered most important service.

I have doubtless omitted the names of many officers whose gallantry should be recorded, and shall, in a subsequent report, endeavor to do justice to all.

I must, in conclusion, mention the good conduct of Sergeant Williams, of Lieutenant Poore's company, and Corporal Conneway, of the Twenty-second Georgia battalion, who greatly distinguished themselves.

To the officers of my personal staff I am under obligations.

I lament to record the death of the gallant Captain Waring, A. A. D. C., and the wounding of Captain Twiggs, Inspector-General, and Captain Stony, A. D. C., who were stricken down, nobly discharging their duty.

To Captain Taliaferro, A. A. G., Lieutenants Mazyck and Cunningham, Ordnance Officers, and Meade, A. D. C., and to Surgeon Habersham, Major Holcombe, and Captain Boote, I tender my thanks for their aid, &c., during the course of the week. I would especially mention Captain Barnwell, of the engineers.

In the early part of the week, the commands of Colonel Olmstead, Lieutenant-Colonel Capers, Major Harney, and Major Bosinger, of Lieutenant-Colonel Nelson and Lieutenant-Colonel Dantzler, and the artillery under the admirable management of Lieutenant-Colonel Yates, with such officers as Captains Mathews and Chichester, deserve great credit for their bravery and zeal.

I have the honor to be,

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

William B. Taliaferro, Brigadier-General.


Brigadier General R. S. Ripley's report of the defence of Charleston, from the First to the twentieth of August, 1863, inclusive.

headquarters First Military District, Crarleston, August 21, 1883.
Brigadier-General Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff:
General: I have the honor to report the various operations for the defence of Charleston against the present attack, from the first of August, on which day Colonel L. M. Keitt, of the Twentieth South Carolina volunteers, relieved Brigadier-General Clingman, in command of Battery Wagner.

The work of repair and strengthening Battery Wagner had been progressed with until the battery had become quite as strong as it originally was. The commanding General having determined to keep up an increased armament, spare carriages and chassis and one ten-inch gun were transported, on the night of the thirtieth of July, to Battery Wagner, and arrangements made for getting them in position. This delicate and important work was accomplished under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Yates, by Captain Frank Harleston, First South Carolina artillery, and Mr. A. D. Lacoste, with Captain Harleston's company, First South Carolina artillery, assisted by heavy details from the garrison of Battery Wagner. The enemy during the day was principally employed on his works of attack, but kept up an occasional fire upon the battery, doing no damage.

In the evening he opened on the light draft steamer Chesterfield, at Cummins' Point, driving her off, and, for the first time, attempting to interrupt our communication with Morris Island.

The Fifty-fourth Georgia regiment was relieved from Morris Island by the Charleston battalion. The guns of Battery Wagner were generally silent during the day. Fort Sumter and Battery Gregg opened upon the enemy whenever they were observed at work within range. Battery Simpkins, at Shell Point, kept up a steady fire.

Our works in process of erection on James' Island, progressed steadily, and the troops in that locality were held in readiness for such movements as might become necessary, under Brigadier-General Taliaferro.

During the morning of the second, Battery Simkins kept up its fire on the enemy's works, which did not reply until about two o'clock in the afternoon, when they opened sharply from the land works and one gunboat, keeping up a fire during most of the afternoon, which was replied to by Batteries Wagner, Gregg, Simkins, and Fort Sumter. At night the enemy again opened, with mortars and Parrott guns, towards Cummins' Point, to cut off the communication. No material damage occurred, and in other portions of this command all was quiet.

The fire from the enemy's batteries was kept up on Battery Wagner quite steadily during the morning of the third, having the effect of killing one man and wounding two officers and twelve privates, most of them slightly. Battery Wagner replied but little to the enemy's fire, the garrison being at work. The carriages for the two ten-inch guns proved to be so badly fitted as to cause delay in getting them ready for service. Fort Sumter and the exterior batteries kept up a fire on the enemy's advanced works. At night the Twentieth South Carolina volunteers and detachments of the Fifty-first North Carolina regiment, were relieved by the Twenty-first South Carolina volunteers. As the communication by means of steamers was quite dangerous, the exchange was effected by means of small boats, manned by crews from the navy.

These performed their duty well, and my thanks are due to Flag Officer J. R. Tucker, C. S. N., and the officers and men of his command, for the valuable assistance rendered.

The fourth passed very quietly on Morris


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