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outside, and 15 vessels, in Light-House Inlet. The Wabash has shifted her position a quarters of a mile more to northward and eastward of the light-ship. I presume she dragged during the blow last night.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUMTER, January 2, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that the vessels in sight this morning are the Ironsides, 4 monitors, 2 wooden gun-boats, 2 mortar-boats, and 14 sailing vessels inside; 3 blockaders and 2 schooners outside, and 13 vessels in Light-House Inlet. This is the smallest number that I have yet reported. Some parties are at work near Wagner this morning. The 8-inch columbiad was placed on the berm yesterday afternoon; it can be removed by a flat to-night.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUMTER, January 3, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that Captain Adams, with 6 officers and 100 men from Sixth, Nineteenth, Twenty-third, and Twenty-eighth Georgia, relieved Captain Butt, 6 officers, and 100 men from Georgia Volunteers. The Ironsides, 4 monitors, 2 mortar-boats, 4 wooden gun-boats (1 of which I have not seen before), 3 tugs, and 14 sailing vessels are inside the bar to-day; 11 crafts in Light-House Inlet, 3 blockaders in front, 1 three-masted, 1 tug, and 2 schooners to the northeast, and 1 large transport and 1 schooner in the offing, going southward. I think that from riggers on the blockaders and on the 2 schooners referred to there is surveying not only the number but the movements of vessels in sight. Large flag-staff raised at Wagner yesterday. Twenty-four-pounder shipped last night. Too much sea on the north wall for shipment of 8-inch. Will do it first calm night if flat is sent.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUMTER, January 4, 1864-12.45 p. m.

SIR: I have the honor to report that the boom in front of the sea and eastern portions of the gorge faces was successfully laid last night, and that it remains in position. I think that an addition

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