War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0510 S. C. AND GA. COASTS, AND IN MID. AND E. FLA. Chapter XL.

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CHARLESTON, S. C., November 17, 1863 - 12 m.

General S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

Enemy's Morris Island batteries and four monitors opened yesterday heavy fore on Sumter and Sullivan's Island batteries; damage slight; few casualties. Two monitors apparently injured slightly. Ironside still silent at her anchorage; moved once toward Cumming's Point, but soon returned without firing. She must have been injured by the cigar torpedo-boat David.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, S. C., November 17, 1863.

Brigadier General B. H. ROBERTSON,

Adams Run, S. C.:

GENERAL: In the event the enemy shall attempt to penetrate the interior through the Second or Third Military District, the commanding general directs that you shall station at once, without further orders, a platoon of cavalry in front of Gioham's Ferry, right bank.

Brigadier-General Walker has been instructed, in the same emergency, to place likewise a platoon of cavalry in front of Appleby's Bridge (right bank), on the Edisto.

Should these two platoons be compelled to cross these bridges, they must be directed to destroy them, so that they may not be used by the enemy.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

[THOMAS JORDAN,]

Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, S. C., November 17, 1863.

Brigadier General W. S. WALKER,

Pocotaligo, S. C.:

GENERAL: Should the enemy attempt to penetrate the interior through the Second or Third Military District, the commanding general directs that you shall station at once, and without further orders, a platoon of cavalry in front of Appleby's Bridge (right bank), on the Edisto.

Brigadier-General Robertson has been instructed, in the same emergency, to place likewise a platoon of calvary at Gioham's Ferry, right bank.

Should these two platoons be compelled to cross these bridges, they must be directed to destroy them, so that they may not be used by the enemy.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

[THOMAS JORDAN,]

Chief of Staff.