fully matured plan of attack on Charleston, which it is confidently expected will succeed. General Johnston has ordered two regiments to me. I need more.
General S. COOPER.
CHARLESTON, S. C., July 7, 1864.
My telegram of the 4th to General Cooper communicated result to that time of attacks and maneuvers on this place, commenced on morning of the 2nd instant, expressed opinion that this city was in serious danger, that assistance should be sent to me speedily, and that I had received none of the reserves of this State. Subsequent events conform me to belief that this city is in great danger and that I greatly need re-enforcements. Enemy occupy south end of James Island and have position on John's Island form which they can enfilade our works on James Island. Fleet of two monitors and several gun-boats in Stono heavily shelling us. I have called on Generals Johnston, Whiting, and Chesnut for aid. Johnston alone has responded,sending me 520 men. Can I look for re-enforcements form any quarter? The emergency is pressing. My troops greatly exhausted.
His Excellency President J. DAVIS,
CHARLESTON, July 7, 1864.
Can I get any re-enforcements? General Johnston sent only 520 men. The enemy is making a heavy demonstrative attack on Charleston. I am husbanding my force in the hope of being re-enforced. If I am told I can get no help I would know better how to act.
General S. COOPER.
JULY 8, 1 864.
Your dispatch of yesterday received. It is impossible to fill your requisition unless it can be done by Brigadier-General Chesnut, to whom you will apply.
CHARLESTON, July 8, 1864.
Your telegram of to-day received. I have repeatedly called on General Chesnut, but he is unable to fill my requisition. The enemy's attack on this place is formidable and persistent. Firing to-day very heavy. Several of our best guns left flank of works on James Island disabled.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General.