's operations; if not, the intention of the enemy was yet to be discovered.
lost no time in apprising the War Department of the facts, and, by special despatches, warned Generals Whiting
, at Wilmington
, at Savannah
; and Hagood
, and Trapier
, commanders of the Second, Third, and Fourth Military Districts of South Carolina
He also wrote the following letter to General Ripley
The note referred to as addressed to General Trapier
was in these terms:
On the 30th General Walker
telegraphed that he had nothing further to report about the enemy's fleet, and that all was quiet in his locality.
, in his despatch of the same day, said: ‘Nothing seen of the enemy's fleet in this district.
Cars collected ordered to be discharged.’
16. The idea of utilizing the gunboat-rams in other localities than the Charleston
Harbor, without passing outside the bar, had occupied General Beauregard
's mind for some time.
On the 2d of December he issued an order to Major Harris
, to cut a channel, twenty-five feet wide and thirteen feet deep at