--Tuesday was the 166th day of the siege of Charleston, S. C.
The only firing on the part of the enemy on Morris Island
, since Sunday afternoon, has been two shots, which were fired at Fort Moultrie
about half-past 10 Monday morning. Battery Rutledge replied and kept up a steady fire for several hours upon the enemy at work on Gregg
. --Most of the Yankee
's work, to avoid the annoyance caused by our batteries, is executed at night.
They are extending the flanks of Battery Gregg and sodding Battery Wagner. Monday afternoon some heavy firing, lasting about half an hour, was heard in the direction of Black Island
, the cause of which we have not learned.
All is quiet at Fort Sumter
, and the garrison in the highest spirits in anticipation of a merry Christmas
Saturday and Sunday nights the enemy displayed a calcium light from Battery Gregg, reflected towards the city, from half-past 1 to half-past 4. An armed brig from the North
was seen to come inside the bar Monday afternoon. Several vessels, mostly schooners, supposed to be supply boats, passed the bar, going South.
The number of vessels inside the bar Monday evening was 27; in Stone
19; River 10; Light-house Inlet 19; off the bar 7--all of about the same character as heretofore reported.