General,—In view of the possible contingency of a night reconnoissance by the enemy on Morris or even Sullivan's Island, it is the wish of the General Commanding that you should so dispose your cavalry, for a time at least, that you may be able to place more cavalry to watch the beach, at night especially, of the former island.
Respectfully, your obedient servant, Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff.
Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., March 22d, 1863. Col. Joseph Yates, Comdg., etc., etc., Georgetown:
Colonel,—Events have induced the Commanding General to change his views, and to direct you to remain in your present command until further orders, and to arrange and carry out the meditated operations against the hostile steamers in Winyaw Bay with Lee's torpedo device.
Respectfully, your obdt.
servt., Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff.
Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., March 23d, 1863. D. B. Harris, Major, and Ch
he opening through the rope obstructions near Fort Sumter, if practicable, and have a new opening made near Moultrie.
The houses near the batteries on James Island must be torn down.
In conclusion, the General directs that you will construct two more sunken positions for heavy guns, near the Martello Tower (making five there in all), and also a work at the old mortar battery near Mount Pleasant, to cover Hog Island Channel, the inner harbor, and the bridge to Sullivan's Island.
Lieutenant G. Young will be ordered to report to you to take charge of the harbor torpedoes, in addition to his other duties.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Clifton H. Smith, A. A. G.
Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., August 19th, 1863. Lieut.-Col. D. B. Harris, Chf.-Eng., Dept. S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C.:
Colonel,—Castle Pinckney must now be put in a condition, as soon as practicable, to become an effective part of the interior lines; to