to the defense of James Island, which could then be securely held by about one-fifth of the force at present required. I can but express my regret that when Cole's Island was abandoned the work at Battery Island was no strengthened and heavily armed and obstructions placed across the Stono at that point, which is quite narrow; whereas by locating Fort Pemberton where it is now all the Lower Stono and the landings on both of its banks have been abandoned to the enemy. A battery should also have been constructed at Legare's, to command the water approach and landing from Folly River.
White Point Battery and Chisolm's Mill are both important positions for the defense of the city and Ashley River.
The general commanding is of opinion that, with due regard for the safety of Savannah and other important points, the total re-enforcements he could collect in about one week's time for the defense of Charleston could not possible exceed 10,000 men of all arms, thus leaving still required, according to the estimate of the board, 6,563, or about three brigades, which would be located at present as follows, if they could be had, to wit: One brigade between the Edisto (Pon Pon) and Combahee; another in Saint Andrew's Parish, and the third to be used as a movable column, to re-enforce any point suddenly threatened by the enemy.
The want of a sufficient number of negroes has been long felt, and has materially crippled the orificial defenses of Charleston.
G. T. BEAUREGARD,
List of heavy ordnance turned over to the First Military District by the Chief of Ordnance.
Date. No. Description. Date. No. Descrip-
August 30 10-inch October 23 1 10-inch
September - 1 10-inch October 26 3 10-inch
September - 1 42-pounder November 20 1 10-inch
rifled and columbiad.
September 4 2 10-inch se- November 27 1 10-inch
September 8 2 10-inch November 29 1 10-inch
September 11 1 10-inch se- December 5 1 10-inch
coast mortar. columbiad.
September 16 1 10-inch December 15 1 10-inch
September 22 1 10-inch sea- 1863.
September 24 1 10-inch February 13 1 7-inch
columbiad. rifled and
September 24 1 10-inch February 14 1 10-inch
September 29 1 10-inch 7-inch
columbiad. rifle and
October 7 1 10-inch banded
October 27 1 10-inch received
columbiad. about the
*Invoiced February 21.
HDQRS. CHIEF OF ARTILLERY AND ORDNANCE,
Charleston, March 17, 1863.
Respectfully forwarded to Brigadier-General Ripley as part of the information desired by him.
A. J. GONZALES,
Colonel and Chief of Artillery and Ordnance.
HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
Charleston, March 18, 1863.
Major D. B. HARRIS,
Chief Engineer Department:
MAJOR: I am directed by the general commanding to instruct you