War of the Rebellion: Serial 046 Page 0207 Chapter XL. OPERATIONS ON MORRIS ISLAND, S. C.

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stockaded work, containing five or six heavy guns, to bear, a part of them on the channel and a part up the harbor and on the city.

Second. I shall stockade the ditch of Fort Wagner, and render it capable of resisting an assault on all sides.

Third. I shall establish a battery of light guns on light-House Inlet, and cover it by two or three heavy guns, placed in the batteries erected by the enemy on the high bluffs near the inlet. The guns on these bluffs I shall also secure against escalate.

Fourth. I shall place the picket on the hummock between Morris Island and James Island, northwest from the mouth of Light-House Inlet, within a defensive stockade, so that a small force can hold that position.

Fifth. In the defense of Morris Island, according to this project, 3,000 men will be ample.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

P. S.-I request permission to visit Washington for instructions as to future operations.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

Morris Island, S. C., September 8, 1863.

SIR: Captain Alfred Mordecai, my chief of ordnance, reports that twenty-one pieces of artillery were capture by us in Fort Wagner and Battery Gregg yesterday instead of nineteen, as I reported, making an aggregate of thirty-two pieces taken on this island.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

In the Field, Morris Island, S. C., September 9, 1863.

SIR: I have the honor to report that since my letter of yesterday four additional pieces of artillery have been found, making an aggregate of thirty-six pieces captured on this island. it is not improbable that others still remain concealed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.