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led or smooth-bore, that can be made. Respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, General, commanding. Brigadier-General R. S. Ripley's report of action of Seventh of April, 1863, between the Abolition iron — Clads and the Forts and batteries in Charleston harbor. headquarters First Military District, Department of S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, April 13, 1863. Brigadier--General Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff, Dep't of S. C., Ga., and Fla.: General: Upon the first instant the increase of the enemy's force in the Stono, and information from North Edisto, gave warning that the long threatened combined movement upon Charleston was about to take place. Brigadier-General S. R. Gist, commanding First subdivision of this district, James Island and St. Andrews, took prompt measures for the observation and repulse of any attack in that direction. Colonel R. T. Graham, commanding Third subdivision, occupied the shore of Morris Island on Light House inlet, to cont
by the Charleston battalion. The guns of Battery Wagner were generally silent during the day. Fort Sumter and Battery Gregg opened upon the enemy whenever they were observed at work within range. Battery Simpkins, at Shell Point, kept up a steady fire. Our works in process of erection on James' Island, progressed steadily, and the troops in that locality were held in readiness for such movements as might become necessary, under Brigadier-General Taliaferro. During the morning of the second, Battery Simkins kept up its fire on the enemy's works, which did not reply until about two o'clock in the afternoon, when they opened sharply from the land works and one gunboat, keeping up a fire during most of the afternoon, which was replied to by Batteries Wagner, Gregg, Simkins, and Fort Sumter. At night the enemy again opened, with mortars and Parrott guns, towards Cummins' Point, to cut off the communication. No material damage occurred, and in other portions of this command all wa
towards Cummins' Point, to cut off the communication. No material damage occurred, and in other portions of this command all was quiet. The fire from the enemy's batteries was kept up on Battery Wagner quite steadily during the morning of the third, having the effect of killing one man and wounding two officers and twelve privates, most of them slightly. Battery Wagner replied but little to the enemy's fire, the garrison being at work. The carriages for the two ten-inch guns proved to be Harris, who had frequently visited Morris Island during the operations, and was present during the assault made by the enemy on the night of the eighteenth of July, in company with Major-General Gilmer, inspected the works on the night of the third instant, by order of the commanding General. The first question addressed to these officers was as follows: First--How long do you think Fort Wagner can be held without regard to safety of garrison? Generals Hagood and Colquitt, replied — Th
t I have thought it my duty to make the recommendation at the commencement of this report. I have the honor to be, General, Yours very respectfully, D. B. Harris, Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief Engineer Official: E. Krarny, A. A. A. General. Minutes of a conference of General officers in connection with the condition of Battereis Wagner and Gregg headquarters Department South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, Charleston, S. C., September 24, 1863. At eleven o'clock A. M., fourth instant, a meeting of officers was convened by the commanding General, at his office, for the purpose of enabling him to determine how much longer he should attempt to hold the north end of Morris Island. Present--General G. T. Beauregard, commanding; Major-General J. F. Gilmer, second in command; Brigadier-General R. S. Ripley, commanding First military district; Brigadier-General Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff and acting Recorder; Brigadier-General Johnson Hagood; Brigadier-General A. H. Colqu
of forces from other of the military subdivisions of the Department. On the fifth of the month, the enemy's iron-clads, of the monitor class, appeared, and ancho been kept up to the present time on the land movements of the enemy. On the fifth, the iron-clad fleet of the abolitionists, consisting of seven monitors and onehe iron-clad fleet of the abolitionists on the seventh of this month: On the fifth, the attacking fleet, consisting of eight turreted gunboats and the steam-friga side. Only the usual duties occurred in other parts of the command. On the fifth, the two ten-inch guns and other armament of Battery Wagner were in readiness fction, and to make room in the bomb-proof, where several men had fainted on the fifth, from excessive heat and foul air. Major Gardner was ordered to cover the retre every kindness to the wounded and stunned, which poured in from sunrise on the fifth, till the evening of the sixth. He left about half-past 10, leading his ambula
Colonel Keitt in the command of our forces on Morris Island on the sixth, Lieutenant-Colonel J. Welshman Brown relieving Major Warley in comransported to and mounted on Battery Wagner during the night of the sixth, and the works on both sides progressed without interruption throug and Gregg, by the troops under my command, on the night of the sixth instant. This step was authorized by a dispatch sent by signals from dhe already reduced garrison, I had, early on the morning of the sixth instant, made the following disposition of my troops: The Seventy-sevenat three A. M. on the seventh. During the day and evening of the sixth, Captain Adger, the efficient Quartermaster, kept his only wagon moIsland, were received by the commanding officer at dark, on the sixth instant (about six P. M.). The last detachment of his command did not q Charleston, S. C., September 7, 1863. On the morning of the sixth instant, the despatches herewith, marked A, and subsequently a letter,
ion of their material. On the morning of the seventh, the enemy was inside the bar with all his irt at a quarter past four o'clock P. M. on the seventh, a return of the guns engaged, a return of ame iron-clad fleet of the abolitionists on the seventh of this month: On the fifth, the attacking a half or four miles from this fort. On the seventh it advanced in the direction of the harbor, ovan's Island engaged in the action of the seventh instant with the enemy's iron-clad fleet. The acreport in detail of the engagement on the seventh instant, of the enemy's iron-clad fleet with the share in the glorious little fight of the seventh instant, with the turreted iron-clads in Charlest about half-past 2 P. M., on Tuesday, the seventh instant, the officer of the day reported to me the information, arriving at three A. M. on the seventh. During the day and evening of the sixth, the island until after one A. M., on the seventh instant; hence there were seven hours for the com[5 more...]
Sumter, and the renewal of the struggle in the morning awaited with confidence. When day dawned, on the morning of the eighth, the enemy's fleet was discovered in the same position as noticed on the previous evening. About nine o'clock, the Keokuers of the forts and batteries engaged in the fight, and upon an examination in company with myself of those works on the eighth and ninth instant. The fire of the enemy was directed chiefly against Fort Sumter, at a distance of from nine to fifte General: I have the honor to submit the following report of the daily occurrences of my command, commencing on the eighth instant, on which day the enemy's iron-clad fleet appeared off the bar, and his force of transports at sea and in the Stono Runtil near daylight. It was replied to by Fort Sumter and Battery Simkins. No damage was done to the steamer. On the eighth a working party of the enemy was discovered to the east of Black Island, either building a bridge or battery. It was ope
of seamen, under Flag-Officer W. F. Lynch, arrived from Wilmington, and, on the ninth, temporarily relieved the artillerists in charge of the Cummins' Point battery.f the enemy's fleet consisted only in supply and repair. Toward evening of the ninth, a raft, apparently for removing torpedoes or obstructions, was towed inside ofupon an examination in company with myself of those works on the eighth and ninth instant. The fire of the enemy was directed chiefly against Fort Sumter, at a diition of troops ordered by the commanding General for reinforcements. On the ninth, the enemy landed a strong force on Battery Island and unmasked works on LittlePresident. In connection, however, with this relation of events, between the ninth and nineteenth ultimo, I beg to call attention to my letters to the Secretary oup the cannonade until near five o'clock on the morning of the ninth. On the ninth operations were continued, the enemy being greatly annoyed by our sharp-shooter
or obstructions, was towed inside of the bar. Nothing of importance occurred during the tenth. During the night of the tenth, Lieutenant-Colonel Dargan, of Colonel Graham's command, crossed Light-House Inlet, drove back the enemy's pickets with ln our position on Morris Island, but, from lack of force, no great improvement was accomplished. On the morning of the tenth, the enemy opened a heavy fire upon our position from Little Folly with from twenty to thirty long-range guns, which he hl endeavor to mention in a supplement. Accompanying, are the reports of Colonel R. T. Graham, of the action of the tenth instant, and of the assault on the morning of the eleventh ; of Brigadier-General Taliaferro, of the operations of the troopsia troops, and the detachment of couriers from the Fifth South Carolina cavalry by others of the same regiment. On the tenth the enemy were very busily at work, and although Fort Sumter and Battery Simkins kept up a steady fire, they caused him b
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