War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0198 S. C., FLA, AND ON THE GA. COAST. Chapter XLVII.

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FORT SUMTER, March 18, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report affairs as usual. Four shots were fired yesterday from light guns; 3 struck.

Your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, March 19, 1864.

SIR: Nothing new this morning. Forty-two-pounder rifle was mounted on evening of 17th.

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, March 21, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report no change in the fleet, excepting the Wabash not in sight. A working party was observed at the Swamp Angel yesterday. I communicated the fact to Colonel Yates, who opened upon them. Two shots fired at the fort; 1 missed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, March 22, 1864.

I have the honor to report the fleet in the same position, the weather having caused no change. A forage party is to be seen this morning at the Swamp Angel. Captain Parker, with 61 men of First Regiment South Carolina Artillery, was relieved last night by Captain Mitchel, with 50 men of the same regiment.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, March 23, 1864.

I have the honor to report the fleet as usual. The palisades in front of the western salient of Gregg were broken down for a space of 30 yards by the surf last night. A larger number of tents than usual appear to be on Black Island. No injury has been done by the gale at this post. Enemy engaged in building palisades in front of middle battery.

Yours, very respectfully,

S. ELLIOTT, JR.,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.