War of the Rebellion: Serial 046 Page 0492 S.C. AND GA. COASTS, AND IN MID. AND E.FLA. Chapter XL.

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the work, bringing Captain F. D. Lee to relieve Captain T. B. Lee, and directed that the advanced portion of the salient should be cut off by an interior line across the gorge, uniting it with the parade. After his departure, Captain F. D. Lee inspected the point indicated and pronounced it impracticable to work men there under the existing fire. Soon after, a dispatch from General Ripley authorizing an evacuation set the matter at rest.

Lieutenant Stiles was ordered to send off the negroes as soon as the rifle-pit in front of Gregg was completed and his plan approved for weakening the side of Gregg's magazine toward Battery Simkins.

About midday, a 32-pounder gun on center curtain was rendered unserviceable, and the sea-coast howitzer on flank curtain much weakened.

The enemy pushed on their works all day until nearly opposite the 32-pounder gun chamber on sea face. The fire of our sharpshooters on the left was slacker than any previous day, owing to the loss of sand-bag protections and diminished confidence of our men.

Further particulars will be found in my account of the evacuation.

I inclose surgeon's list* of casualties for the 6th (C) and the report of my chief of artillery, marked D.+

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

LAWRENCE M. KEITT,

Colonel, Commanding.

Captain W. F. NANCE,

Asst. Adjt. General, First Military District.

No. 27. Report of Colonel George P. Harrison, jr., Thirty-second Georgia Infantry, commanding on Morris Island, August 10-15, and 25-27.

HEADQUARTERS MORRIS ISLAND,

Battery Wagner, August 11, 1863.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that, pursuant to Special Orders, No. 274, from district headquarters, I relieved Brigadier-General Hagood in command of this island at 7 p.m. yesterday, the 10th instant.

I found the following troops on the island:

Infantry:

8th North Carolina, Colonel Shaw, present, about....... 396

61st North Carolina, Major Harding, present, about..... 355

Artillery:

Detachment South Carolina Siege Train, Captain Smith... 29

Chichester's company Light Artillery, First Lieutenant

Gilchrist............................................. 51

Detachment First Regiment South Carolina Artillery,

Lieutenant [W. H.] Grimball............................ 17

Company H, First South Carolina Artillery, Captain

Lesesne............................................... 70

Marion Artillery, Lieutenant Murdoch................... 32

Mathews Artillery, Captain Mathewes.................... 46

Cavalry:

Detachment Fift South Carolina Regiment, Sergeant

Chandler.............................................. 11

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1,007

About 175 of the above number are more or less sick.... 175

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Total.................................................. 832

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*Not found.

+See No. 31, p.511.

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