OFF MORRIS ISLAND, September 7, 1863-6.35 a.m.
I have sent a flag of truce to demand the surrender of Sumter. If not complied with, I will move up with all the iron-clads and engage it.
MORRIS ISLAND, September 7, 1863-3.20 p.m.
Have you received an answer to your summons to Sumter?
OFF MORRIS ISLAND, September 7, 1863-3.35 p.m.
I have. He declined to surrender Sumter, or to receive any flag till the firing on his steamer yesterday was explained.
FLAG-STEAMER PHILADELPHIA, Off Morris Island, September 7, 1863.
General Q. A. GILLMORE, U. S. Army,
Commanding Department of the South, Morris Island, S. C.:
GENERAL: I desire to procure as large a side-wheel steamer as can cross this bar, to be used as a ram against the obstructions in the channel between Sumter and Moultrie. Have you a fast steamer under charter that could be used for this service, such, for instance, as the Spaulding, or one of greater draught of water? I have not a suitable one at my disposal.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. A. DAHLGREN,
Rear-Admiral, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
MORRIS ISLAND, September 8, 1863-1 p.m.
Your dispatch of 11.15 to-day and your letter of yesterday are just received. As soon as I can get any good guns on Cumming's Point, I will use them whenever you prefer. I am just dispatching a letter by one of my aides to explain my views more fully.
OFF MORRIS ISLAND, September 8, 1863-2.30 p.m.
I am going to assault Fort Sumter to-night.