I estimate the loss to the enemy at not less than 700, including 140 prisoners; whilst our loss was twenty-five (25) wounded and ten (10) killed and died of mortal wounds. I estimate the strength of the enemy to have been at least 8,000 in my front and on John's island, and at one time, between four thousand (4,000) and five thousand (5,000) on this island. In conclusion, I trust it will not be regarded as improper in me to acknowledge, and express my thanks to the Major-General commanding for the rapid, and, under the circumstances, extraordinary concentration of troops, and the unhoped for reinforcements placed from time to time at my disposal, and for the promptitude with which he directed my efforts to be seconded by the several staff departments. I am, Major, very respectfully, Your obedient servant,
Wm. B. Taliaferro, Brigadier-General Commanding.
Dunham Massie, Gloucester County, Va. June 21st, 1870.The above is a true copy of the original report made by me, and addressed to Major Stringfellow, Adjutant-General to Major-General Samuel Jones, Confederate States Army, commanding the Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.