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eceived, states that seventy-five artillerists and one 10-inch mortar, complete, left Savannah last night. The other four mortars, will soon follow. These five mortars should be distributed between Sumter, Batteries Gregg (Cummings's Point) and Wagner, as you may think best, informing these Headquarters of the disposition you may make of them. The Commanding General further directs the obstruction of the little creek on the flank of Battery Wagner, about one hundred yards above, to prevent ell passing over Battery Wagner, and falling into the attacking column, especially the reserves; thus harassing their advance and preventing them from rendering any material assistance. Encouraged by the failure of these repeated assaults upon Wagner, but fearing the eventual reduction of that work and the result which must ensue for Battery Gregg and Fort Sumter, General Beauregard determined to modify and increase his inner circle of fire on Sullivan's and James Islands, and to erect a work
strous. number of his dead buried in front of Wagner. heroic conduct of the garrison. General Bea their completion. no material damage done to Wagner up to the 24th. General Beauregard anxiously n the 10th of August at six hundred yards from Wagner. the armament of Sumter reduced to thirty-eigs proceeding the fleet opened a bombardment on Wagner. This gross violation of the usages of war w's land and naval batteries are now playing on Wagner, which replies bravely with Gregg and Sumter. our different batteries, principally Gregg and Wagner. During the same time one hundred and ten (11ut about two o'clock they opened with vigor on Wagner. The damage done to the work was, however, cories in rear and the fleet then opened fire on Wagner and Gregg, and were answered by Fort Sumter anmes. During the night the enemy in front of Wagner was engaged in strengthening his advanced posied no little to the unparalleled resistance of Wagner, and of the other batteries around the harbor.[6 more...]
places, and had partially covered up the explosive shells, spiked planks, and pikes placed in the ditch for its defence. See also General Gillmore's book, p. 74, § 168, where the same incorrect statements are made. 4th. The bomb-proof of Wagner could not contain 1800 men, or more than 600; the garrison of the work being about 800 men. 5th. Nineteen pieces of artillery and a large supply of excellent ammunition were captured. The pieces of heavy and light artillery left in Wagner ande of the guns at Battery Simkins, so as to allow it to be brought to bear upon and against Fort Sumter if necessary. The right-hand gun of this battery cannot be thus altered without exposing it too much to the fire of the enemy from Gregg and Wagner. I have the honor to be, General, very respectfully, your obdt. servt., Clifton H. Smith, A. A. G. P. S.—The Commanding General further directs that you instruct the Engineer to close the embrasure at Battery Simkins every morning befo
to General Jones to-day. I will leave for point of destination in one hour. G. T. Beauregard. Before doing so, however, and in order to take official leave of the gallant troops of his Department, he issued to them this address: Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., April 20th, 1864. Officers and Soldiers,—By an order of his Excellency the President I am relieved temporarily from the command of this Department by Major-General Sam Jones, to be assigned to another important command. I leave with the assurance that you will transfer to my successor, a meritorious officer of the Armies of Virginia and Tennessee, that confidence and spirit of prompt obedience to orders which have contributed so much to your success heretofore. Should you ever become discouraged, remember that a people from whom have sprung such soldiers as those who defended Wagner and Sumter can never be subjugated in a war of independence. G. T. Beauregard, Genl. Comdg
easy range of Forts Sumter and Moultrie, and Batteries Beauregard, Bee, and Cummings's Point and Wagner; a few minutes later the first gun was fired from Fort Moultrie, and soon the engagement became s and mortars should be kept up on the enemy's works (especially at and about Vinegar Hill) from Wagner, Gregg, and Sumter. No way of annoying them should be omitted; even sorties at night to fill upregg, which, with reduced garrison, and with sharpshooters filling the sand-hills between it and Wagner, may be held for several days longer. When obliged to quit either work the guns must be thorocommanding crossing of Light-house Inlet, and at Marsh Point, to flank Morris Island in front of Wagner? 3d. Why were not all those works constructed? And, if constructed, could they have been arocate a battery in the marsh at the mouth of Vincent's Creek, to flank Morris Island in front of Wagner. It was also intended to place a battery on Black Island, to flank the crossing of Light-house