War of the Rebellion: Serial 046 Page 0593 Chapter XL. AFFAIR AT MOUTH OF VINCENT'S CREEK, S. C.

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eral Army, have been delivered, or are awaiting delivery, to their owners. One of the men, suspected of having been in one of the Federal negroes regiments, is retained in custody to await the orders of the Governor of South Carolina, who has been informed of his capture.

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

W. S. WALKER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Brigadier General THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

AUGUST 4, 1863.-Affair at the Mouth of Vincent's Creek, S. C.

REPORTS.*

Numbers 1.-Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley, C. S. Army, commanding First Military District.

Numbers 2.-Captain M. H. Sellers, Twenty-fifth South Carolina Infantry.

Numbers 1. Report of Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley, C. S. Army, commanding First Military District.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST MILITARY DISTRICT,

Charleston, August 5, 1863.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that an expedition, composed of four boats' crews, under Lieutenant-Commander [A. F.] Warley, C. S. Navy, carrying a force of 30 men from the Twenty-fifth Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, under Captain Sellers, captured and broke up the enemy's picket stationed at the unfinished battery at the mouth of Vincent's Creek about 10 o'clock last night. the picket consisted of 2 officers and some 10 or 12 men. Of these, the offices and 8 men were taken, 4 of the number, including the officers, being wounded.+ We lost 1 private of the Twenty-fifth Regiment killed. The party was successfully guided by Mr. J. Fraser Mathewes.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. S. RIPLEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Brigadier General THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff, &c.

[Indorsement.]

AUGUST 4 [5], 1863.

General JORDAN:

Order some Racine torpedoes to be put around and in that battery.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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*See also Ripley's report of August 21, p. 384, ante, and Beauregard to Tucker, August 6, "Correspondence, etc.," Part II.

+Provost-marshal's list shows 1 officer (Captain Lewis S. Payne) and 9 men, of the One hundredth New York Infantry, captured; the officer and 3 men being reported as wounded.

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