out of them last night. The banquette on the rear front has not been begun.
The infantry force on the island is 1,037; the artillery force on the island in 239.
No firing on Battery Gregg was made during the last night, nor any this morning until about 10 a.m. when the enemy's battery to the right of Gregg's Hill opened apparently on the Sullivan's Island steamer, all the shots falling short. This afternoon the same battery fired at same object, with same result.
At 5.30 p.m., a wooden gunboat fired a few shot, all falling short of Battery Gregg.
Our sharpshooters from Battery Wagner have been actively employed all day, and seem to annoy the enemy, eliciting at intervals the usual reply of howitzer shells.
Captain W. F. NANCE,
Report of effective strength of command on Morris Island, August 7, 1863.
Troops. Officer Men. Aggregat
8th North Carolina 31 362 393
61st North Carolina 21 326 347
21st South Carolina 20 277 297
Total 72 965 1,037
Alston's detachment 1 14 15
Chichester [Gist Guard] Artillery 2 46 48
Lesesne's company (H), First 4 65 69
South Carolina Artillery
Marion Artillery (detachment) 2 30 32
Mathewes' artillery 2 46 48
Siege train (Smith's detachment) 1 26 27
Total 12 227 239
Grand total 84 1,192 1,276
Captain Lesesne's company, and 1 commissioned officer and 15 men of the Marion Artillery, are at Fort Gregg; the Sixty-first North Carolina Volunteers are in the sand-hills between Batteries Gregg and Wagner; the rest of the command garrisons Battery Wagner.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
Charleston, August 8, 1863.
Respectfully referred to the particular attention of Brigadier, General Ripley.
By command of General Beauregard.
CLIFTON H. SMITH,