complete the James Island Bride as soon as possible. Captain Gray, of the Engineers, will report to Major Elliott, with his torpedo arrangements, already prepared, for Light-House Inlet.
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By command of General Beauregard:
JNO. M. OTEY,
Abstract from return of the army in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, General G. T. Beauregard commanding, for the period ending August 10, 1863; headquarters Charleston, S. C.
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men. Effective
First Military 669 8,458 9,180
Second 62 884 1,011
Third Military 135 2,177 2,491
Fourth 57 659 782
District of 233 3,040 3,549
District of 106 2,094 2,242
District of 74 1,087 1,135
Total 1,336 18,399 20,390
Command. Aggregate Aggregate Pieces of
present. present and field
First Military 11,220 15,676 ..............
Second 1,123 1,517 8
Third Military 2,889 3,497 19
Fourth 960 1,443 12
District of 4,288 5,561 16
District of 2,677 3,486 ..............
District of 1,318 1,850 13
Total 24,475 33,030 68
CHARLESTON, S. C., August 11, 1863-7 a. m.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:
Heavy firing on both sides yesterday afternoon, with little damage. Our works are progressing.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
Richmond, Va., August 11, 1863.
General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Charleston, S. C.:
Cannot your engineers establish batteries on the marsh, just east of Light-House Creek, by placing heavy ranging timbers, say 30 feet long, to form platform to support the guns and sand-bags for parapets? Get cover first by placing sand-bags on planks, then establish the timber platform and more substantial parapets in rear. The timber can be rafted up Light-House Creek from the harbor.
J. F. GILMER,
Colonel of Engineers, and Chief of Bureau.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF MIDDLE FLORIDA,
Quincy, August 11, 1863.
Brigadier General THOMAS JORDAN,
Chief of Staff, Charleston, S. C.:
GENERAL: I would respectfully call the attention of the commanding general to the inclosed communication from Governor