War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0189 Chapter XLVII. OPERATIONS IN CHARLESTON HARBOR, ETC.

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FORT SUMTER, February 9, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report the fleet the same as usual this morning; it is difficult to say whether there are four or five monitors. One shot fired at the fort yesterday. Lieutenant Kemper, 2 officers, and 60 men relieved Captain Colhoun last night.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 12, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that there is only one steamer in Light-House Inlet this morning. Ten schooners remain and the rest of the fleet is unchanged. The flag-staff at the middle battery was shot away by our guns last night; it has been replaced this morning. Small working parties at Gregg and Wagner. Captain Carson, 2 officers, and 50 men from Twenty-Fifth South Carolina Volunteers, relieved Captain Morrison, of Colquitt's brigade, who was ordered to report to the brigade. General Colquitt on James Island. Forty-two-pounder rifle arrived. One shell fired yesterday; fragments struck.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 13, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that two self-anchoring torpedoes were cut adrift last night between this post and Fort Moultrie on the ebb tide. I directed the navy guard-boat, under the command of Midshipman Wilkins, to accompany the torpedo-boat and locate operation. An 8-inch rifle was mounted last night in the caseate on the northwest face next southwest of the new sally-port. Weather too hazy for observation with the glass.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 14, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that 3 shots were fired at the fort yesterday, all of which struck. As our flag was being lowered a single shot was fired which cut off the staff near the top; it was