I regret that I am unable to inclose Lieutenant-Colonel Beaver's report, as it has gone to headquarters. When it returns I will forward a copy.
The Parrott gun is a beautiful arm, but the projectile is faulty and not to be depended upon. About one shot in four would turn end over end. I endeavored to remedy it, and did in a measure by greasing them and packing the base with paper. The extreme range of the piece is about 4 miles, and very accurate when the projectile does not turn. I should have mentioned that after Colonel Beaver embarked I opened fire again and continued it until he had crossed.
I have the honor to be, Governor, your obedient servant,
Major, Commanding Third R. I. Artillery, Hilton Head, S. C.
His Excellency Gov. WILLIAM SPRAGUE, Providence, R. I.
JUNE 15, 1862.-Naval descent upon Saint Mark's Fla.
Report of Brigadier General Joseph Finegan, C. S. Army, commanding Department of Middle and East Florida.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., June 17, 1862.
I have just returned from Saint Mark's. The enemy shelled the lighthouse for several hours; sent fire-boats on shore and burned the woodwork of the light-house and the keeper's house adjoining, and burned all the buildings on the beach. I had a small picket guard at the light-house. No person hurt.
The Seventh Regiment will proceed at once to Chattanooga.
General S. COOPER, Richmond, Va.
JUNE 16, 1862.-Engagement at Secessionville, James Island, S. C.
Numbers 1.-Major General David Hunter, U. S. Army, commanding Department of the South.
Numbers 2.-Return of Casualties in the Union forces.
Numbers 3.-Brigadier General Henry W. Benhan, U. S. Army, commanding Northern District, Department of the South.
Numbers 4.-Brigadier General Horatio G. Wright, U. S. Army, commanding First Division.
Numbers 5.-Colonel John L. Chatfied, Sixth Connecticut Infantry, commanding First Brigade First Division.
Numbers 6.-Colonel Henry R. Guss, Ninety-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry.
Numbers 7.-Colonel Thomas Welsh, Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, First Division.
Numbers 8.-Brigadier General Isaac I. Stevens, U. S. Army, commanding Second Division.
Numbers 9.-Colonel William M. Fentoon, Eighth Michigan Infantry, commanding First Brigade, Second Division.
Numbers 10.-Lieutenant Colonel Joseph R. Hawley, Seventh Connecticut Infantry.
Numbers 11.-Lieutenant Colonel MacLelland Moore, Twenty-eighth Massachusetts Infantry.