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already verbally informed) to alter the two mortar batteries at Fort Johnson into gun batteries for one heavy rifled or 10-inch gun each.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. N. TOUTANT BEAUREGARD,

Aide-de-Camp.

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

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

Lieutenant Colonel D. B. HARRIS,

Chf. Eng. Dept., Charleston, S. C.:

COLONEL: In addition to the works ordered in my position of yesterday's date, the commanding general further directs that the gorge wall of Fort Sumter be strengthened by means of wet cotton bales, filled in between with wet sand, and kept moist by means of tubes or hose from the upper terre-plein.

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,

Chf. Eng. Dept., Charleston, S. C.:

COLONEL: The general commanding instructs me to instruct you to have Shell Point Battery constructed for three heavy guns, instead of two, as at first intended, provided it can be accomplished. Also, to ask that a copy of General Beauregard's letter of yesterday morning be furnished him for his files.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. N. TOUTANT BEAUREGARD,

Aide-de-Camp.

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

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

Brigadier General R. S. RIPLEY,

Commanding First Military District, Charleston, S. C.:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that General Hagood be instructed to open fire on Black Island, without delay, from Secessionville, with as many guns as can be brought to bear on that island. The 24-pounder rifled piece at Fort Pemberton will also be sent to the redoubt nearest Secessionville, for the same purpose, as soon as ready for service.

These orders, it is desired, shall be communicated to General Hagood by telegraph.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

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

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

Brigadier General R. S. RIPLEY,

Commanding First Military District, Charleston, S. C.:

GENERAL: The force on Morris Island, in the opinion of the commanding general, is larger than is necessary for any military oper