War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0188 S. C., FLA., AND ON THE GA. COAST. Chapter XLVII.

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FORT SUMTER, February 4, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that 3 shots were fired at the fort yesterday morning which struck, and 3 last night, which exploded over head. A rifled 42-pounder was mounted night before last in the northwest pan-coupe. One monitor is firing 11-inch and 15-inch shells at the wreck this morning. The sea being smooth the ricochet fire is effective.

The fleet consists of Ironsides, 4 monitors, 14 sailing vessels, 2 gun-boats, 1 tug inside; 10 schooners, 5 steamers in Light-House Inlet; 5 blockaders and 2 schooners outside; 4 steamers, 8 schooners, and 3 steam derricks in Light-House Inlet.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 5, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that there was no firing at the fort yesterday. No change visible in the fleet this morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 6, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that the 42-pounder rifle, with cracked band, was removed to the city last night by Mr. Lacoste. All quiet yesterday and last night. Weather too thick for correct observations of fleet.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 7, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that Captain H. K. Kennon, 6 officers, and 100 men, from Colquitt's brigade, relieved Captain Culpepper's detachment last night. The fleet consists of the iron-clads, as usual, 5 tugs, and 15 sailing vessels inside; 5 blockaders and 2 schooners outside; 4 steamers, 8 schooners, and 3 steam derricks in Light-House Inlet.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.