make it a strong profile redoubt (closed), with ditch flanking arrangements, and the whole work large enough to contain a pretty strong garrison. If there be a height near by that commands it, I would make it less strong; but I would hold and fortify that height. I do not think they would attempt to storm such a work. If you have no Engineer, apply for one from Richmond, otherwise I may, before long, be able to send you one; but prefer you should get one from the War Department. Nothing new here; we are still organizing our forces. Yours very truly, P. S. Apply for Captain F. D. Lee, Corps of Engineers, South Carolina Volunteers, now with Major Trapier at Port Royal. B.
Headquarters 1ST corps army of the Potomac, Manassas, Va., Aug. 17th, 1861.Sir,—I have the honor to acknowledge the appointment of ‘General,’ conferred upon me by the President of the Confederate States, with the advice and consent of Congress, to date from July 21st, 1861. I accept with gratitude said appointment, and will exert myself to the utmost to be deserving of so high a position. I remain, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Headquarters 1ST corps army of the Potomac, Manassas, August 19th, 1861.Sir,—Knowing it to be General Beauregard's desire to increase his artillery force as far as practicable, I have the honor to submit the following: Some time since a requisition was made by the Washington Artillery for three guns to complete their armament, and a caisson and some extra boxes to repair damages received in action. After some trouble and delay, unavoidable on my part, Colonel Pendleton promised to fill this requisition (which had been approved at these headquarters), and set aside, I believe with General Johnston's consent, the necessary articles. On going to receive them to-day, I found that they had been issued yesterday, by direct order from General Johnston, to Captain Hamilton's battery—a company recently arrived from Georgia, without guns. Two guns previously assigned to Lee's battery, of Hampton's Legion, have also been taken from another battery. In view of these facts I have the honor to suggest that steps be taken at once to procure other guns, through either the War Department or the founderies where they are cast. To make the increase as immediately effective as possible, I would also recommend that additional guns be given to all of our already organized batteries capable of expansion, as follows:
To Col. Thomas Jordan, Adj.-Genl. 1st Corps Army of the Potomac: