War of the Rebellion: Serial 046 Page 0747 Chapter XL. ATTACK ON THE U. S. S. MARBLEHEAD.

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DECEMBER 5, 1863.-Affair at Murrell's Inlet, S. C.

Report of Brigadier General J. H. Trapier, C. S. Army, commanding Fourth Military District.*


GENERAL: On he 5th instant a party of the enemy (16 in number) from the man-of-war blockading off Murrell's [or Murray's] Inlet, landed upon Magnolia Beach, near that inlet,f or the purpose, as is supposed, of burning a small schooner lying therein. They were promptly and vigorously attacked by a portion of Company B, Twenty-first Battalion Georgia Cavalry, under the command of Captain [H. K.] Harrison, and the whole party, with but one exception, taken, with most of their arms. Two of the men are badly wounded. I regret to add that Captain Harrison lost 1 man and 2 severely wounded. Fourteen of the prisoners have been conducted to these headquarters. Twelve of them will be sent hence to-morrow tot he headquarters of the commanding general. They consist of 3 officers and 9 men. The 2 wounded men are remained in hospital. The missing prisoner is not yet officially accounted for.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Brigadier General THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff, &c., Charleston, S. C.


DECEMBER 11, 1863.

Compliment Captain Harrison and men for their success.


General, Commanding.

DECEMBER 25, 1863.-Attack on the U. S. S. Marblehead, in Stono River, S. C.


Numbers 1.-Brigadier General George H. Gordon, U. S. Army, commanding division.

Numbers 2.-General G. T. Beauregard, C. S. Army, commanding Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Numbers 3.-Brigadier General Henry A. Wise, C. S. Army, commanding Sixth Military District.

Numbers 4.-Colonel P. R. Page, Twenty-sixth Virginia Infantry.

Numbers 1. Report of Brigadier General George H. Gordon, U. S. Army, commanding division.

FOLLY ISLAND, S. C., December 31, 1863.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report as follows:

About 6 o'clock on the morning of the 25th of December, 1863, a rebel battery of six guns opened on the U. S. gunboat marblehead.


*For report of Acting Ensign George Anderson, U. S. Navy, see Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 5, 1863.

+For report of Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, Commander George B. Balch, Lieutenant Commander Richard W. Meade, jr., and Acting Maste S. N. Freeman, see Annual Report of the Secretary of the Secretary of the Navy, December 5, 1864.