War of the Rebellion: Serial 020 Page 0890 COASTS OF S. C., GA., AND MID. AND EAST FLA. Chapter XXVI.

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CHARLESTON, S. C., April 8, 1863.

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

So long as enemy's monitors are here within this bar your position can be in no danger nor can you be attacked without notice. Send spare columbiad carriages here soon as possible. Keokuk sunk.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CHARLESTON, S. C., April 8, 1863.

Brigadier General R. S. RIPLEY, Fort Sumter, S. C.:

The general commanding is particularly anxious that the rope obstruction and the big torpedo should be closely watched by the boat flotilla.

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS, Morris Island, April 8, 1863.

Captain W. F. NANCE:

I send parts of a signal-book picked up on the beach. Pieces of furniture have floated ashore, having blood upon them. I also send reports of picket guard.

R. R. GRAHAM,

Colonel, Commanding.

HDQRS. FIRST MIL. DIST., DEPT. OF S. C., GA., AND FLA.,

Charleston, S. C., April 8, 1863.

Brigadier General THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: I have the honor to state, in the absence of the brigadier-general commanding, that Commander Lynch will be assigned to the battery at Cummings Point, and the detachment now there will be returned to Fort Sumter. Flag-Officer Ingraham has been notified of this, and he will be sent thither upon arrival with all possible dispatch.

I remain, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. F. NANCE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUMTER, April 8, 1863-12.30.

Captain W. F. NANCE:

Twenty-two blockaders off the bar; seven turreted iron-clads and Ironsides inside. Hard at work repairing damages.

JOSEPH A. YATES,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, April 8, 1863.

General WADE HAMPTON, Columbia, S. C.:

Lead your furloughed men and any others eager for the fray to Charleston, and God speed you.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.