War of the Rebellion: Serial 020 Page 0041 Chapter XXVI. ENGAGEMENT AT SECESSIONVILLE, S. C.

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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.


Brigadier-General, Commanding.

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.