War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0258 S.C., FLA., AND ON THE GA. COAST. Chapter XLVII.

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ROYALL'S HOUSE, September 16, 1864.

There are this morning 4 monitors, 5 steamers, 7 sailing vessels, and 7 blockaders off Morris Island; in Light-House Inlet, 1 transport and 3 schooners; off Cole's Island, 1 gun-boat, 1 transport, and 7 schooners; in Folly River, 1 transport and 1 schooner. The work on Long Island battery has increased some since last night. No firing from any of the batteries of this command yesterday. The enemy fired 12 rifle shells at Simkins and Fort Johnson, and 10 shots from Wagner at Haskell, doing no damage.

J. L. BLACK,

Colonel, Commanding.

Major STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ROYALL'S, September 18, 1864-12.40.

Major Cone, commanding at Secessionville, reports that 400 men landed on south end of Morris Island at 10 o'clock this morning. They came from south end of Big Folly Island.

J. L. BLACK,

Colonel, Commanding.

Captain FEILDEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ROYALL'S, September 18, 1864-6.20 p.m.

Colonel Frederick reports that the enemy have torn up all the bridges between this island and battery and Dixon's Island. Only ten tents to be seen on Horse Island.

J. L. BLACK,

Colonel, Commanding.

Captain H. W. FEILDEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

No. 41. Reports of Colonel H. Simonton, Twenty-fifth South Carolina Infantry, of operations April 8 and 15 and May 13.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST LINES,

James Island, April 9, 1864.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that upon receiving the instructions last night of the brigadier-general commanding I caused all the guns at Pringle and Tynes to be manned, and sent another company of infantry to the former. The pickets on the Stono were increased, and a continued line established from the marsh in front of Pringle to the lower end of Grimball's field, on the StoNumbers No movement of the enemy on the river or on the picket front could be observed.

I ask leave, respectfully, to express my full concurrence in the opinion of the absolute necessity for some works between Pringle