War of the Rebellion: Serial 046 Page 0199 Chapter XL. OPERATIONS IN MORRIS ISLAND, S. C.

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Numbers 4. Report of Captain George H. Walter, Washington (South Carolina) Artillery.

HEADQUARTERS,

Jacksonborough, July 12, 1863.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that on Friday last (10th instant), two gunboats of the enemy passed up the Edisto River, and rapidly advanced to a point opposite the plantation of Dr. Glover, about 3 miles below the railroad bridge. At this place I had placed in position two pieces of the Washington Artillery, Lieutenant Horsey commanding, who opened fire with great steadiness and precision, and, after a sharp action of about an hour, succeeded in driving back both boats, one of which was seriously injured and evidently in a sinking condition. Lieutenant [John] Banskett, with Company B, Sixth South Carolina Cavalry, were deployed as skirmishers, and, although not engaged, were of material assistance in giving information and acting as scouts.

I have no casualties to report, excepting the loss of a battery horse from the effects of the intense heat.

Yours, respectfully,

GEO. H. WALTER,

Captain, Commanding Post.

Captain P. K. MOLONY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JULY 10-SEPTEMBER 7, 1863.-Operations on Morris Island, S. C.

SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS.

July 10, 1863.-Union force occupy the south end of Morris Island.

11, 1863.-First assault on Battery Wagner.

14-15, 1863.-Sortie from Battery Wagner.

18, 1863.-Second assault on Battery Wagner.

18-Sept. 7, 1863.-Siege of Battery Wagner.

August 2, 1863.-Attack on Confederate steamer Chesterfield, at Cumming's Point.

17, 1863.-Fire opened upon Fort Sumter from Morris Island batteries.*

25, 1863.-Assault on Confederate rifle-pits.

26, 1863.-Capture of Confederate rifle-pits.

Sept. 4-6, 1863.-Boat expeditions against Battery Gregg.

6-7, 1863.-Batteries Gregg and Wagner evacuated by the Confederates, and occupied by the Union forces.

7, 1863.-Affair on Battery Island.

REPORTS.

Numbers 1.-Brigadier General Quincy A. Gillmore, U. S. Army, commanding Department of the South.

Numbers 2.-Return of Casualties in the Union forces.

Numbers 3.-Brigadier General John W. Turner, U. S. Army, Chief of Artillery, including bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Numbers 4.-Colonel Edward W. Serrell, First New York Engineers, Assistant Engineer.

Numbers 5.-Major Thomas B. Brooks, U. S. Army, Aide-de-Camp, and Assistant Engineer.

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*See Bombardment of Fort Sumter, August 17-December 31, p. 596.

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