ne from Secessionville, on the east, guarding the water approaches of Light-House Inlet, to Fort Pemberton, up the Stono River—a distance of fully five miles—thus giving up to the enemy, for his offetwo and a quarter miles, from Secessionville to Fort Pringle, on the Stono, four miles below Fort Pemberton.
This was not only a much shorter line, but a stronger and more advantageous one, as it grey the island, near Holmes house.
From the western part they can be withdrawn under cover of Fort Pemberton.
McLeod's battery is intended to protect the mouth of Wappoo Creek, and Lawton's battery the transfer of the 10-inch, columbiad (old pattern), now in the Water Battery, to the left of Fort Pemberton, to Fort Sumter, with carriage, implements, and ammunition.
Also that three 32-pounders, smm Fort Sumter, and on barbette carriages, be moved to the said Water Battery, to the left of Fort Pemberton.
You will likewise transfer to the new batteries, on Sullivan's Island, the 8-inch columbia
Artillery, etc., etc.:
Colonel,—The Commanding General directs that you hold the siege-train in readiness to move at a moment's notice.
I have the honor to be, Colonel, very respectfully, your obdt.
servant, Clifton H. Smith, A. A. G.
Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., July 10th, 1863. Colonel A. J. Gonzales, Chief of Artillery, etc., etc.:
Colonel,—You will repair forthwith to inspect the heavy batteries on James Island, commencing with Fort Pemberton, to determine, on consultation with their Commanding Officers, what are their most pressing wants; and if they can be supplied, you will inform these Headquarters by courier.
You will determine, also, whether in any conflict of the enemy's gunboats with the works on James Island the siege-train, or any part thereof, can be used to advantage.
Meanwhile, the siege-train should be sent to the most available position on James Island.
Respectfully, your obedient servant, Thomas Jord