War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0195 Chapter XLVII. OPERATIONS IN CHARLESTON HARBOR, ETC.

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FORT SUMTER, March 6, 1864.

SIR: Owing to the haziness of the atmosphere no observation can be taken of the fleet. The Brooke gun and a 10-inch are lying on the berm of the sea face. Seven shots were yesterday fired at the fort, all of which struck; 1 shell wounded 2 men.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. H. WILDS,

Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, March 7, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report the Ironsides, 4 monitors, 2 gun-boats, 13 sailing vessels, and 6 tugs inside; 7 blockaders and a schooner near Beach Inlet; a derrick and schooner at the wreck, and 3 steamers and 5 schooners and 5 schooners in Light-house Inlet. No activity apparent on Morris Island. Captain Parker, First Artillery, Captain McKerall, Twenty-fifth South Carolina Volunteers, and Captain Walker, Twenty-seventh South Carolina Volunteers, relieved detachments of 60, 50, and 50 men from the same corps, respectively, last night.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, March 8, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report no change of importance has taken place in the fleet. Lieutenant McKinney, with 50 men of the Twenty-second South Carolina Volunteers, relieved Lieutenant Able and 50 men of the same command.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. H. WILDS,

Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, March 9, 1864.

I have the honor to report that there are 5 monitors inside this morning; in other respects the fleet is about the same, except that only one blockader is visible, which may be owing to their remoteness and the thickness of the weather. The shells fired last night, 8 of which exploded over the fort, 1 struck the slope, and 1 passed over. Gregg opened on Simkins this morning, who replied, together with Sullivan's Island.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.