These facts, together with the insufficiency of the batteries at the obstructions, led me some months ago to suggest that a force be stationed at Fort Gadsden, an eligible point, 25 miles below the obstructions, and the erection at that place of a work capable of mounting two 24-pounders and two 18-pounders, which could readily be spared for that purpose from hammock Landing and from the obstructions. As the enemy can only ascend in launches, I consider this arrangement as affording greater protection to the river than the obstructions themselves, while we rescue from the enemy 25 miles of the river and bordering country, which, without this, is entirely in their possession. These suggestions were approved by General Cobb, and the first carried into effect, and I know that he intended adopting the last had he not been relieved from duty in this district. I desire respectfully to urge the adoption now of these measures, but for the purposes of communication and supplies, it will be necessary to keep open either Moccasin Creek or Virginia River.
During the winter season it will, of course, be impossible to supply troops, station below obstructions, by land.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. J. MAGILL,
HEADQUARTERS CHIEF OF ARTILLERY,
James Island, October 9, 1863.
The removal of the five guns en barbette for new lines has been already prescribed by chief of artillery, and is nearly carried out. One is from Secessionville (8-inch shell gun), one 32-pounder dismounted (lying in Redoubt Numbers 1.), and three 32-pounders from Fort Pemberton (on water side).
Gun. Where from. Where to. Remarks.
8-inch sea- Fort Left face, This gun is
coast Pemberton. Numbers 2. now en
howitzers. barbette, but
called for by
me, is ready
for it in
8-inch sea- Redan Numbers Right salient,
coast 6, east lines. Numbers 4.
24-pounder. Battery Left face, The damaged
Haskell. Numbers 4. 24-pounder
bend of west
lines, will be
W. Legare will
with he gun,
and no other,
is sent with
it to Major
are only 4-
24-pounder. Redan Numbers Right face,
5, Royal's. Numbers 4.
24-pounder. First lunette Front face,
to the right Numbers 3.
24-pounder. Lunette at Front face, This gun wants
bend of west Numbers 3. an elevating
24-pounder. Gun Numbers 9, Right flank, Position
position Numbers 2. marked down
Numbers 6, for 24-pounder
west lines, to on left flank
the right of of Numbers 2
road leading has been
to New Town omitted in the
Cut Bridge. work.
24-pounder. Gun Numbers Front face,
15, position Numbers 1.
west lines and
24-pounder. Redan nearest Front face, This gun is en
Fort Numbers 1. barbette. A
Pemberton, gun siege-carriage
Numbers 17, from those at
position the arsenal
Numbers 13. must be
one for it.