War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0192 S. C., FLA., AND ON THE GA. COAST. Chapter XLVII.

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FORT SUMTER, February 23, 1864.

SIR: All quiet and hazy this morning. Two shots hit yesterday. Two of enemy's picket-boats approached within 500 yards last night. If they return to-night I will open with boat howitzer from north berm.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 24,1 864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that Captain China, 2 lieutenants, and 50 men from the Twenty-fifth relieved Captain Carson's detachment last night, and Captain Brown, 3 officers, and 50 men from the Twenty-seventh relieved Lieutenant Lance. Weather hazy. I omitted to mention yesterday that after the morning report was sent in on Monday the Ironsides was distinctly seen to fire two salutes, one at meridian, another at sunset. This sets at rest the question as to her armament being on board.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 25,1 864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that Lieutenant Crag, Twenty-first South Carolina Volunteers, with 50 men, was relieved by Lieutenant Galloway, Twenty-third South Carolina Volunteers, with 50 men, last night. The morning being hazy no observation can be taken of the fleet. At 8 p. m., musketry fire was seen near the 2,500-yard buoy.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOS J. CHINA,

Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, February 26, 1864.

Our picket-boat, commanded by Boatswain Smith, captured Yankee picket-boat containing 1 officer and 5 men.

S. ELLIOTT, JR.

Colonel RHETT.

FORT SUMTER, February 29, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report the Ironsides, 4 monitors, 3 wooden gun-boats, 5 tugs,a nd 12 sailing vessels in Light-House Inlet, and 5 blockaders outside. There are several vessels and a