War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0183 Chapter XLVII. OPERATIONS IN CHARLESTON HARBOR, ETC.

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FORT SUMTER, January 26, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that Captain Colhoun, 1 officer, and 40 enlisted men, from Company A, Lucas' battalion, regular artillery, relieved Lieutenant Kemper, commanding, 1 officer, and 45 enlisted men last night. Number of fleet remains the same.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. T. MILES,

Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUMTER, January 27, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that Captain Culpepper and 7 officers and 100 enlisted men, from Colquitt's brigade, relieved last night Captain Elliott, 6 officers, and 100 enlisted men, from same brigade. Two shots fired at the fort yesterday, one of which missed. Too hazy to see fleet.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. T. MILES.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, January 27, 1864.

I have the honor to report my return to duty at this post.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, January 28, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that I returned to the post last night and resumed command this morning. Two 32-pounders were shipped to the city last night. Three shots were fired at the fort yesterday and two last night; all struck. During my absence the parade, from which much of the water has been removed by evaporation, has been in a great measure covered with brick and lime. This is an improvement for the present in the sanitary condition of the work.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, January 29, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that at 9 o'clock last night the enemy opened on us with mortars from the middle battery, throwing by morning 123, of which 82 burst in and over the fort. Two Par-