gare's Point. The enemy are threatening us in that direction, and a lodgment effected there in force will turn our present position behind the lines and necessitate the abandonment of the island, or putting its fate upon a battle in the open field, without the aid of entrenchments. To do this, I must have negro or other extra labor and an energetic engineer immediately. I cannot bring this matter too forcibly to the attention of the commanding general.
Copy made and sent to Governor Bonham, City Hall.
T. J. [JORDAN.]
July 21, 1863-7.20 a.m.
GENERAL: Our steamer Sumter is reported to be aground. I have taken the occasion to send in flag in relation to prisoners. Have not heard from it yet. Repairs of earthworks partly made. Graham heard from it yet. Repairs of earthworks partly made. Graham did not arrive till 3.40 p.m. Guns have not come at all. Five casualties, one fatal, last night. No officers among them.
[VIA] FORT SUMTER,
July 21, 1863-9.30 p.m.
GENERAL: No casualty to-day. Damage slight. Please send me a few Whitworth rifles; these sharpshooters have them, and annoy me much. Enemy apologized for breach of truce to-day; mistake and Gillmore agreed to my proposals; made others, &c. My aide, Captain Tracy, will carry your written dispatch to-night, and give verbal details. Peronneau's negro is still in arrest at Cumming's Point; will send him up to-night; also Captain [W. H.] Peronneau. One man in Adams' company deserted. I know this. Two others were believed missing when Adams was relieved. Buckner was relieved night before last. He himself on sick list.
July 22, 1863. - 8.30 a.m.
GENERAL: No shelling last night. Damages repaired, but [not] as thoroughly as desirable. Stockade made partially in ditch. No axes near here.