--The Charleston (S. C.)
Mercury thus writes in regard to Morris' Island
As the site of the old Fort Moultrie
, of the Revolution, is now covered by the waters of the ocean, so does that part of Morris' Island
, where our batteries were planted against Sumter
, seem destined to be washed away.
The encroachments of the sea have lately been greater than at any previous period, and Cumming's Point
will, if they continue, soon cease to be. Some of the works which it was not deemed necessary to level, and which we had supposed might remain for years, evidences of the industry of our troops, have melted away.
The tents even of some of the troops now guarding the channel batteries were washed down, and their camp had to be removed.
What the effect will be upon our harbor, should this island wash away, we cannot say; but attention should be given to it, its effects closely watched, and, if injurious, guarded against.
A good military road along the beach, from Fort Johnston
to opposite the city, should at once be made, as well for military purposes as to preserve that shore line from change.