War of the Rebellion: Serial 020 Page 0218 COASTS OF S. C., GA., AND MID. AND EAST FLA. Chapter XXVI.

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MARCH 3, 1863.- Naval attack on Fort McAllister, Ga.

REPORTS, ETC.*

Numbers 1.-General G. T. Beauregard, C. S. Army, commanding Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, with congratulations.

Numbers 2.-Major D. B. Harris, C. S. Army, Chief Engineer Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Numbers 3.-Captain John McCrady, C. S. Army, Chief Engineer State of Georgia.

Numbers 1. Reports of General G. T. Beauregard, C. S. Army, commanding Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

CHARLESTON, S. C., March 3, 1863.

General Mercer reports steamer Nashville destroyed by enemy's shells, having stranded half mile above Fort McAllister. Three monitors and two mortar-boats attacked for this morning. After six hours' firing destroyed one gun-carriage and slightly wounded 2 men. Damage to monitors not known. Firing still going on at 3 p. m. One monitor and eight wooden vessels lying several miles below fort.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.

CHARLESTON, S. C., March 4, 1863.

Fort McAllister has again repulsed enemy's attack. Iron-clads retired at 8 p. m. yesterday; mortar-boats shelled until 6 o'clock this morning. All damages repaired during night; 8-inch columbiads mounted and fort good as ever. No casualties reported. Result is encouraging. Enemy's vessels still in sight.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., March 4, 1863.

Brigadier General W. H. MERCER, Savannah:

I congratulate again the defenders of Fort McAllister. Hope gallant example will be followed by all the other batteries. Clingman's troops will be sent, but must be ready to support Walker at Pocotaligo as required.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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*The Union vessels engaged were the Nahant, Passaic, and Patapsco. For reports of Rear-Admiral DuPont, Captain Percival Drayton, Commanders Daniel Ammen and John Downes, and Lieutenant-Commander J. N. Miller, U. S. Navy, see Annual Report of the Secretary of Navy, December 7, 1863.

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