War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0087 Chapter XL. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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OFF MORRIS ISLAND, September 7, 1863-6.35 a.m.

General GILLMORE:

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.

DAHLGREN,

Admiral.

MORRIS ISLAND, September 7, 1863-3.20 p.m.

Admiral DAHLGREN:

Have you received an answer to your summons to Sumter?

GILLMORE,

General.

OFF MORRIS ISLAND, September 7, 1863-3.35 p.m.

General GILLMORE:

I have. He declined to surrender Sumter, or to receive any flag till the firing on his steamer yesterday was explained.

DAHLGREN,

Admiral.

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.

Admiral DAHLGREN:

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.

GILLMORE,

General.

OFF MORRIS ISLAND, September 8, 1863-2.30 p.m.

General GILLMORE:

I am going to assault Fort Sumter to-night.

DAHLGREN,

Admiral.