HDQRS. 1ST MIL. DIST., DEPT. S. C., GA., &. FLA., Numbers 141.
Charleston, April 8, 1863.
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II. Brigadier-General Gist will select a strong company of heavy artillery from his command, which will proceed to Morris Island and report to Major Huger for service as quickly as possible. Quartermaster will furnish transportation.
By command of Brigadier-General Ripley:
WM. F. NANCE,
CHARLESTON, April 9, 1863.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General:
General W. S. Walker destroyed an armed steamer in the Coosaw River at daylight this morning; no casualties on our side. All quiet. Six monitors and Ironsides still within bar.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
CHARLESTONS, S. C., April 9, 1863.
JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:
Information induces me to look for early renewal of attack by enemy's iron-clads and of strong diversion with his land forces from direction of Bull's Bay or Mount Pleasant. I cannot safely withdraw more troops from Savannah or Pocotaligo, and am constrained to ask for that brigade from North Carolina soon as possible.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
(Duplicate to Messrs. Orr and Barnewell, Richmond, Va.)
HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
Charleston, S. C., April 9, 1863.
Brigadier General R. S. RIPLEY,
Commanding First Military District, Charleston, S. C.:
GENERAL: Indications made it necessary to be prepared for a movement of the enemy from the quarter of Bull's Bay. You are therefore desired to hold Brigadier General W. H. T. Walker's command, including batteries, except one regiment, in readiness for movement at a moment's notice to Mount Pleasant, with three days' provisions. At the same time have Colquitt's regiment held ready likewise to move to the same point.
It is the desire of the commanding general that this order should be given to the troops in question as soon as possible.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Chief of Staff.