en were taken to Charleston, and imprisoned in Charleston jail.
The next day the following telegram asking for instructions regarding them was sent to Richmond:—
Charleston, S. C. July 17, 1863. S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, Richmond, Va.
Enemy still actively constructing batteries on Morris Island.
Since our reconnoisance of yesterday he has evacuated James Island, concentrating his forces on Little Folly and Morris Islands.
His loss yesterday was about forty negroes kil office expires in December, I should be glad to dispose of it, so far as I am concerned, before that period.
Very respectfully yours, M. L. Bonham. Hon. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War.
Confederate States of America, War Department. Richmond, Va., August 31, 1864.
sir,—I have to acknowledge your letter of the 23d instant, relative to the disposition of negroes captured in arms from the enemy.
The embarrassments attending this question, and the serious consequences which might en
Thomas, George W. Private, Co. F; exchanged, March 4, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C.; returned to regiment, May 8, 1865.
Sergeant, Co. I, wounded; exchanged, March 4, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C.; died, June 26, 1865, at Alexandria, Va., of typhoid fever.
Private, Co. B; died a prisoner, in January 1865, at Florence, S. C.
Wilson, Samuel R. Private, Co. B; roster says: Missing, supposed died prisoner, and nothing further.
Name in list of prisonersLake City, Fla.
Rensellaer, Charles M. Private, Co. C; died a prisoner, June 8, 1864, at Andersonville, Ga.
Stewart, George H. Private, Co. G; exchanged March 4, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C.; discharged Oct. 7, 1865, at General Hospital, Alexandria, Va.
Vanalstyne, William D. Private, Co. B; died a prisoner, Sept. 10, 1864, at Andersonville, Ga.
Besides these ten men of the Fifty-fourth, the following named is reported in roster under circumstances as below stated, and his name is i