War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0324 S. C. AND GA. COASTS, AND IN MID. AND E. FLA. Chapter XL.

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Forts Sumter and Moultrie, principally from first works to half way across. You will also, as soon as practicable, place additional torpedoes in Hog Island Channel, toward Sullivan's Island Point; in Folly Island Channel, and in the middle channel east of Pinckney.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN F. O'BRIEN,

Major, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C.,

August 31, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to inform the Department that the hand grenades, described in the enemy's prints as so terrible in repelling their assault upon Battery Wagner, were subtler shells. There were none of the former at that post, and, consequently, none were used.

Very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

G. J. RAINS,

Brigadier-General, on Special Duty.

[Indorsements.]

SEPTEMBER 3, 1863.

Respectfully submitted, for the information of the President.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

Acknowledge, with gratification, the success of General Rains' saburra shells, and return this letter to Secretary of War.

J. D. [DAVIS.]

Abstract from return of the army in Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, General G. T. Beauregard commanding, for August 31, 1863; headquarters Charleston, S. C.

Present for duty.

Command. Officers. Men. Effective

total present.

First Military 944 12,331 13,352

District*

Second 54 846 974

Military

District

Third Military 128 2,043 2,331

District

Fourth 47 530 636

Military

District

District of 263 3,751 4,267

Georgia

District of 85 1,755 1,853

Middle Florida

District of 71 1,040 1,076

East Florida

Total 1,592 22,296 24,471

Command. Aggregate Aggregate Pieces of

present. present and artillery.

absent.

First Military 16,336 23,793 40

District*

Second 1,099 1,518 8

Military

District

Third Military 2,756 3,421 19

District

Fourth 855 1,353 8

Military

District

District of 5,340 7,289 20

Georgia

District of 2,286 2,758 ..........

Middle Florida

District of 1,301 1,994 12

East Florida

Total 29,973 42,076 116

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* Including Evans' brigade, less the 22nd South Carolina, left in District of Georgia.

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