War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0239 Chapter XL. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - CONFEDERATE.

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

Charleston, S. C., July 28, 1863.

D. B. HARRIS,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Chief Engineer:

COLONEL: The commanding general desires the empty gun chambers and passages at Battery Gregg to be converted into bomb-proofs.

Filled sand-bags must likewise be held in readiness there, and in Batteries Wagner and Simkins, for repairs.

The slopes at Battery Simkins will be sodded as soon as possible, as a preservation against the effects of the wind.

The channel at the west end of Sullivan's Island must be obstructed, as far as practicable, with the old boom and torpedoes, to prevent monitors from taking position, in that quarter, whence to take in reverse or enfilade Battery Bee.

Boats and flats should be collected in safest place in the creek in the rear of Sullivan's Island, to establish communication with Christ Church Parish, in case the bridge should be destroyed.

Lookouts or observatories should be erected in Batteries Cheves, Haskell, and Ryan, to watch effect of practice.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

(Copy for 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 28, 1863.

Brigadier General R. S. RIPLEY,

Commanding, & c., Charleston, S. C.:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that the six 8-inch columbiads, to be removed from Fort Sumter, shall be distributed as follows:

One in Battery Simkins, one in Battery Haskell, two in Battery Cheves, and two in the battery east of Moultrie.

The five 8-inch naval shell guns, from Fort Moultrie, he directs to be mounted in Battery Cheves.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN F. O'BRIEN,

Major, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copies for Lieutenant-Colonel Waddy, chief of ordnance; Colonel Gonzales, chief of artillery; Lieutenant-Colonel Harris, chief engineer.)

HEADQUARTERS ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT,

CHarleston, July 28, 1863.

Major J. T. TREZEVANT,

Commanding Arsenal:

MAJOR: I am informed that Messrs. Henry & Co., Messrs. James M. Eason & Bro., and other workmen and machinists of this city, are prepared and willing to cast shot and shell, now so much needed for the defense of the city.