War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0199 Chapter XL. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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MORRIS ISLAND, July 14, 1863-8 a. m.

Captain W. F. NANCE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

If there be any intention of retaking the south end of this island, I must earnestly beg of General Ripley to permit me to remain here. My men and officers all desire it, and ask if this withdrawal is equivalent to areprimand.

JOHN C. MITCHEL,

Captain.

CHARLESTON, July 14, 1863-8.45 a. m.

Brigadier General H. W. MERCER,

Savannah, Ga.:

Send here immediately last two 10-inch columbiads sent, if not already in position, with carriages and chases, if any to spare; then replace one columbiad with one from Fort McAllister. Send also two Cammeron rifled 14-pounder guns sent from here for siege train. Enemy actively putting up batteries, long-range guns, on middle of Morris Island.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. FIRST MILITARY DISTRICT, Numbers 247.

Charleston, July 14, 1863.

I. Brigadier-General Colquitt with his brigade will take up his position at Gadsden's Green, near the Ashley River Bridge, rest his command, and await further instructions.

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By command of Brigadier-General Ripley:

WM. F. NANCE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, S. C., July 15, 1863.

H. C. GUREIN,

Major, and Chief of Subsistence, State of South Carolina:

MAJOR: The commanding general directs me to say that you will throw and keep on Sullivan's Island the material part of the ration for 5,000 men for thirty days.

On James Island, in consequence of the inadequacy of proper store-room or shelter, you will place and maintain a supply for, say, 5,000 men for fifteen days, with a reserve supply in the city, to be sent there in case of an emergency, of the same amount.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, S. C., July 15, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel D. B. HARRIS,

Chief Engineer Department, Charleston, S. C.:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs me to instruct you (as