CHARLESTON, S. C.,
October 20, 1863-7 p. m.
Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:
Enemy seem to be concentrating a force of Port Royal, whether for offense or defense, I cannot yet tell. Troops reported coming south from North Carolina may be intended to operate from that base. If so, railroad communication with Savannah will soon be interrupted, for my forces are too small to protect it.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
Charleston, S. C., October 20, 1863.
General G. T. BEAUREGARD,
GENERAL: In compliance with your request, I herewith inclose a revised tabular statement of the "proposed armament of batteries along the eastern margin of James Island, from Secessionville to Fort Johnson, and also of the harbor batteries upon the same island." I also return the papers from which the statement was compiled, and which were sent to this office by you.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. F. GILMER,
Major-General, and Second in Command.
Proposed armament of batteries along the eastern margin of James Island, from Secessionville to Fort Johnson, and also of the harbor batteries on the same island.
At present in To be placed To be taken Proposed
position. in position. away. armament.
1 8-inch shell --- --- 1 8-inch shell
1 32-pounder --- --- 1 32-pounder
1 30-pounder --- --- 1 30-pounder
1 24-pounder, --- 1 24-pounder,
rifled and rifled and
1 24-pounder, 1 30-pounder --- 1 24-pounder,
rifled. Parrott. rifled.
2 32-pounder --- --- 2 32-pounder
must be put on
RYAN (RIGHT). 2 12-pounder --- 2 12-pounder
James (when James, reamed
reamed out). to 18-pounder
RYAN (LEFT). 2 24-pounder --- 2 24-pounder
2 8-inch siege 2 24-pounders, --- 2 8-inch siege
howitzers. rifled, and howitzers.
*If it is desirable to rifle the two 32-pounders in the rear of Secessionville, they can be replaced by lighter gun on siege-carriages. These guns are now mounted on casemates carriages, which are unsuitable for the location, and should be replaced by siege of barbette carriages.