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emy's flag abreast of south angle of Wagner. preparations for evacuation. General Beauregard's orders to that effect. troops withdrawn on the night of the 6th of September. Colonel Keitt in command at the time. success of the movement. correspondence between Generals Beauregard and Gillmore concerning the exchange of prisoneructions, as directed by me, for destroying the magazine and rendering the guns useless in the event of abandoning the island. Early on the morning of the 6th of September a despatch was received from Colonel L. M. Keitt, commanding Battery Wagner, to the following effect: * * * The parapet of salient is badly breached; there essential for complete success, and the credit which must attach to those who achieve it. * * * The evacuation began at 9 h. P. M. on the night of the 6th of September. According to instructions, a guard of 35 men, under command of Captain T. A. Huguenin, had been left to bring up the extreme rear, and to fire the only mag
ile in the performance of his duties. A. A. G., the much-desired key was finally secured. This important discovery was of incalculable advantage, and enabled the Commanding General to be ever prepared against a surprise. The next morning (September 6th) Admiral Dahlgren asked, Did you succeed last night? and General Gillmore answered, We found the enemy prepared at Cummings's Point, and failed. Engineer and Artillery Operations against Charleston, by General Gillmore, p. 335. See also p. 337. Being apprised in the same manner of the day and hour fixed for the final assault on Wagner (September 6th, at 9 P. M.), General Beauregard was able to perfect his plans for the prearranged evacuation of that work, and not only saved the garrison, but deprived the enemy of nearly—if not quite—all the fruits of his victory, as appears by the following signal despatch: Morris Island, Sept. 7th, 1863:5.10 A. M. Admiral Dahlgren: The whole island is ours, but the enemy have escap
k, from which we have already had occasion to quote some passages: On the night of November 19th, 1863, General Gillmore made an attempt to surprise and capture Fort Sumter. He asked no aid from the navy; but Admiral Dahlgren, hearing of it, and anxiously desiring its success, ordered his pickets to cover the assaulting party. * * * The thoughtful care of the Admiral for the army column on this occasion shines, by contrast, with the failure of Gillmore to support the navy column on September 6th. Leaves from a Lawyer's Life, Afloat and Ashore, p. 115. The date given should be September 9th, and not 6th. We copy the following extract from Colonel Elliott's journal, dated November 20th, 1863: * * * At three o'clock a detachment of the enemy's barges, variously estimated at from four to nine in number, approached within three hundred yards of the fort, and opened fire with musketry. Most of the troops got into position very rapidly, but, in spite of all instructions, comm