War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0211 Chapter XLVII. OPERATIONS IN CHARLESTON HARBOR, ETC.

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FORT SUMTER, May 14, 1864 - 8 p. m.

The number of shots fired at fort to-day is as follows: From monitors, 70, of which 46 struck; Parrott guns on land, 117, of which 160 struck; columbiads, 98, of which 83 struck; mortars, 2, none struck. Total fired from 8 a. m. to 7 p. m., 347, of which 289 struck. The fire from land guns became rapid at 9 a. m. The first monitor came in at 10, the second half an hour later; the second retired at 12.30 p. m., the first at 3. Firing from guns has ceased, that from mortars commenced. One monitor was seen moving southward over the bar this afternoon; she is not one of those engaged either yesterday or to-day. One negro slightly wounded in the leg this afternoon.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. C. MITCHEL,

Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, May 15, 1864 - 10 a. m.

Have the honor to report all quiet. From 7 p. m. yesterday there have been fired 12 Parrott shot, of which 1 missed the fort; and 21 mortar shell, of which 8 missed. One negro workman killed; no one else hurt, and no damage done. Six monitors inside bar; rest of fleet as usual.

J. C. MITCHEL,

Captain, Commanding Post.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, May 16, 1864 - 9.30 a. m.

From 8 a. m. yesterday to 8 this morning the enemy has fired at this post 80 Parrott shells, of which 23 missed. No one hurt and no damage done. Fleet as yesterday, except that there are two monitors on front of the fort.

J. C. MITCHEL,

Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SUMTER, May 16, 1864 - 1 p. m.

Very pretty little engagement just terminated. At 11.15 a. m., two monitors moved up and opened fire on east angle and face; Sullivan's Island immediately replied, and after an hour's sharp fire drove them both off. Each of them was struck several times, and one evidently seriously injured; pilot-house torn to ribbons. On leaving both showed as signal pennant colored white, red, and white. The usual slow fire Morris island has been resumed. No one hurt and no damage done.

J. C. MITCHEL,

Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant S. C. BOYLSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.