War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0252 S. C. AND GA., COASTS, AND IN MID. AND E. FLA. Chapter XL.

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Captain Carlin's consideration, and at the same time informed him of the commanding general's determination ot leave the details of arrangement to his (Captain Carlin's) decision. Captain Carlin in reply expressed his preference for the use of the torpedo only in the bow of the vessel, with extra torpedoes on board, to be attached should opportunity offer for immediately renewing the attack. The reason Captain Carlin assigns is that, should he fail with his bow torpedo, the time required to swing round with the tide in order to strike with those on either side, would be ample sufficient to insure the destruction of his by the enemy.

To provide against any possibility to failure in the torpedo, and to multiply the chances of success, I have proposed the use of three

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torpedoes in the bow, after the manner shown in accompanying sketch. Captain Carlin highly approves of this arrangement, which is now being carried into execution.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS D. LEE,

Captain of Engineers.

CHARLESTON, S. C.,

August 3, 1863-7 a. m.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

Little firing since yesterday. Only 2 men slightly wounded on Morris Island.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CHARLESTON, S. C.,

August 3, 1863-12.30 p. m.

Brigadier General H. W. MERCER, Savannah, Ga.:

Transports are reported moving south from here. Have ordered two regiments to be ready to move at a movement's notice. Evans' brigade is also ordered to Savannah, from the State of Mississippi.

By vigilant.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.