War of the Rebellion: Serial 046 Page 0445 Chapter XL. OPERATIONS ON MORRIS ISLAND, S.C.

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[Indorsement.]

HDQRS. DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, August 27, 1863.

Respectfully referred for attention Colonel D. B. Harris, who will please return these papers.

By command of General Beauregard:

E. KEARNY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

MORRIS ISLAND, August 25, 1863.

(Received 1 p.m.)

Enemy attacked our rifle-pits in large force and were repulsed.

Our casualties are some 25 killed and wounded.

HAGOOD.

Captain NANCE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Numbers 25. Reports of Brigadier General A. H. Colquitt, C. S. Army, commanding on Morris Island, July 26-28, and August 27-September 2.

MORRIS ISLAND, July 26, 1863.

GENERAL: By relieving Colonel Olmstead's command with the Sixth Georgia, the garrison will be reduced to about 1,000. It should be increased to 1,200. A detachment from Captain De Pass' company of artillery is ordered off, 24 men. Their place should be filled. Can you send a field officer of artillery to act as chief, as good man?

It will relieve us of embarrassment about rank.

Respectfully,

A. H. COLQUITT,

Brigadier-General.

General RIPLEY,

Commanding.

MORRIS ISLAND, July 27, 1863-12.45 a.m.

The enemy are at work. The firing from Sumter should continue, and frequent; it is effective. Firing from Shell Point falls short.

COLQUITT,

General.

Captain NANCE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MORRIS ISLAND, July 27, 1863.

CAPTAIN: The enemy have been busily engaged, day and night, upon works in our front. This morning they opened with two mortars, for twenty or thirty minutes, their shells falling within the battery. They have been remarkably silent, and my impression is, that they will open the bombardment as soon as their land batteries