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At about five and a half o'clock P. M., or after the action had lasted about two hours and a half, the enemy slowly — as he had advanced — withdrew from the contest, apparently unharmed, so far at least as his powers of locomotion went. Subsequent events have happily revealed the fact that one, at least, of our enemy's invulnerables has given proof that brick walls and earthen parapets still hold the mastery. The nearest that the enemy ventured at any time to Fort Moultrie was estimated at one thousand yards.

Fort Moultrie was garrisoned by a detachment from the First regiment of South Carolina regular infantry, Colonel William Butler commanding, assisted by Major T. M. Baker, and consisting of the following companies:

Company A--Captain T. A. Huguenin.

Company E--Captain R. Press Smith.

Company F--Captain B. S. Burnett.

Company G--First Lieutenant E. A. Erwin commanding.

Company K--Captain C. H. Rivers.

Battery Bee was garrisoned by another detachment from the same regiment, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. Simkins, and consisting of the following companies:

Company C--Captain Robert De Treville.

Company H--Captain Warren Adams.

Company I--W. T. Tatom.

Colonel L. M. Keitt, Twentieth regiment South Carolina volunteers, commanding post, had his headquarters at this battery, by my orders.

Battery Beauregard was under the command of Captain T. A. Sitgreaves, First South Carolina regular artillery, and was garrisoned by the following companies:

Company K--First South Carolina regiment artillery--First Lieutenant W. E. Erwin commanding.

Company B--First South Carolina regiment infantry--Captain J. H. Warley.

It gives me pleasure to have it in my power to report that not a single casualty occurred among any of these troops, with the exception only of one in Fort Moultrie.

Early in the action our flag-staff was shot away, and in falling, struck Private J. S. Lusby, of Company F, inflicting a severe wound, from which he died in a short time. Neither the fort itself nor its — material was in the least injured.

It is due to the garrison at Fort Moultrie and their accomplished


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