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CHARLESTON, S. C., April 6, 1863.

M. L. BONHAM,

Governor of South Carolina, Columbia, S. C.:

Two iron-clads appear to have passed within bar, but make no demonstrations of attack; other seven still remain outside. Great activity in fleet. Some 5,000 troops apparently landed on small islands about mouth StoNumbers Will keep you advised.

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

(Duplicate to Honorable James L. Orr, Richmond, Va.)

CHARLESTON, S. C., April 6, 1863.

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

Iron-clads morning in, 2.40 p. m.; nearest in line with beach Morris Island at low water. Thirty-three vessels in StoNumbers

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CHARLESTON, April 6, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector-General:

Twenty-four wooden vessels, the Ironsides, and six monitors off bar. Two monitors apparently this side of bar. Sixteen steamers and eight schooners in Stono off Cole's and Goat's Islands. Steamers moving about all night. Activity in fleet all night, and this morning enemy landing on Goat's Island.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, S. C., April 6, 1863.

Captain FRANCIS D. LEE,

Confederate States Engineer, Charleston, S. C.:

CAPTAIN: I am instructed by the general commanding to direct that all the necessary arrangements be made to insure the complete destruction of the torpedo ram under your charge at a moment's warning.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. N. TOUNTANT BEAUREGARD,

Aide-de-Camp.

CHARLESTON, S. C., April 6, 1863.

Brigadier General H. W. MERCER, Savannah, Ga.:

Enemy's iron-clads (nine) have all crossed bar, and are moving in as if the engage us. Cannot the naval commander Savannah be induced to make a descent at one on Port Royal and effect a diversion?

G. T. BEAUREGARD.