order to the clothing department. I saw Commodore Bruce, who will do all that he can, but hopes to receive instructions.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. L. SCOTT.
P. S.-I have arranged with Captain Ward to send all the stores, &c., on board the North Carolina, addressed to him. He will attend to their distribution among his vessels.
H. L. S., Lieutenant-Colonel.
No. 52.] FORT SUMTER, S. C., February 22, 1861.
Colonel S. COOPER,
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that they are forming three embrasures in the work near the bomb-proof battery. We are, as I write [12 m.], firing a national salute from our battery in honor of the day.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major, First Artillery, Commanding.
FORT SUMTER, S. C., February 22, 11861.
General JOS. G. TOTTEN,
Chief Engineer U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:
GENERAL: The work on the third breaching battery on Cummings Point has progressed so that the embrasures, three in number, are being commenced. Some work was also done on Fort Moultrie yesterday and the day before; at least it was commenced the day before. This consists of a parapet of earth in front of the scarp wall of the front that faces us, apparently intended to serve as a glaces, as it rises to the height of the cordon. It is reverted on the side next the scarp wall with barrels, and has a pretty steep slope upon the side towards us.
The parallelogram a b shows its position very nearly. This sketch in black* shows in a rough way the condition of the fort when we left it,
*In original sketch a b is drawn in red.