War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0224 S. C. AND GA. COASTS, AND IN MID. AND E. FLA. Chapter XL.

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CHARLESTON, S. C., July 24, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

It is proposed to use blockade runner as fire-ship against Ironsides and monitors. Probable cost will be nearly a million dollars. Shall it be tried? Answer.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CHARLESTON, S. C., July 24, 1863 - 9.15 p. m.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

Enemy's fleet and land batteries shelled Battery Wagner heavily this morning. Garrison lost only 1 killed and 7 wounded. Hope to repair damages to battery during night. Am anxiously waiting for heavy guns promised from Richmond.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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

Charleston, S. C., July 24, 1863.

D. B. HARRIS,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Chief Engineer:

COLONEL: I am instructed by the commanding general to inform you that a 7-inch Brooke gun will soon be here for Battery Beauregard. He wishes the guns placed in the southeast salient of that work. You will consult with General Ripley and make the necessary arrangements for a proper disposition of the gun to be displaced.

I am further instructed to direct the immediate increase of Battery Cheves (which was ordered for two 6.40-inch Brooke guns) for six additional 8-inch naval guns, on columbiad carriages.

The commanding general further instructs me to inform you that hereafter Shell Point Battery will be known as Battery Simkins; battery half way between Johnson and Legare's, as Battery Cheves; battery at Legare's, as Battery Haskell; and the battery at Mellichamp's, near lines, as Battery Ryan.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

(Copy for information of Brigadier General R. S. Ripley, commanding First Military District, South Carolina, Charleston, S. C.)

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

Charleston, S. C., July 24, 1863.

Honorable T. HOLCOMBE,

Mayor of Savannah, Ga.:

SIR: Your communication has just been received and read, and I am instructed to reply as follows:

The commanding general readily appreciates the solicitude which the city council, in common with all other citizens of Savannah, must