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June 2.

A gunboat came up Folly river this morning on the flood about 9 A. M., shelled the battery of Captain Chichester at Legare's Point, that of Captain Warley, close to Secessionville, and Secessionville itself. This place being then occupied by the Eutaw battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles H. Simonton commanding; the Charleston battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel P. C. Gaillard, commanding; the cavalry companies of Captain W. L. Disher, and of Captain----McKeiver, and being the headquarters of Brigadier-General S. R. Gist, commanding on the island. Our batteries responded vigorously. No damage done by the enemy, except to a horse, which had his leg broken by a shell that passed through an outhouse just behind the general's headquarters and exploded. After firing for about an hour the enemy withdrew. No damage up to this time done by the enemy's firing, except to horses.

Evening.--More than twenty vessels in sight off Charleston bar and Stono inlet and in Stono river. Enemy reported as being on James' Island, at the point nearest Battery Island, and as having driven in our pickets.

Captain Carlos Tracy, volunteer aid to General Gist, and Lieutenant Winter, Wassamassaw cavalry, fired on while reconnoitering their position. General Gist and Captain Tracy repeatedly fired on same evening by enemy's advance guard. This firing the first news in camp of enemy's landing.

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