HEADQUARTERS, Fort Moultrie, S. C., January 31, 1864.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
SIR: I have the honor to report that about 9 p.m. of last evening on of the enemy's barges was discovered under cover of the wreck of the steamer Minho. On being hailed the enemy replied by firing 3 musket shots at the picket on the beach.
Owing to defective friction tubes the gun in the fort, which had been previously trained on that point and loaded with canister, failed to fire, and a shell was afterward fired from another gun, which, however, failed to explode.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
ROBT. DE TREVILLE,
Abstract from return of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, General G. T. Beauregard, C. S. Army, commanding, for January, 1864.
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men. Effective
General headquarters 25 --- ---
First Military District of 249 4,279 4,856
Second Military District of 100 1,525 1,683
Third Military District of 191 3,850 4,452
Fourth Military District of 110 1,152 1,300
Fifth Military District of 136 1,478 1,688
Sixth Military District of 177 2,830 2,990
Seventh Military District of 370 5,533 6,159
District of Georgia 586 6,666 7,420
District of Middle Florida 105 1,439 1,501
District of East Florida 89 1,178 1,238
Total 2,138 29,930 33,287
Command. Aggregate Aggregate Pieces of
present. present field
General headquarters 25 27 ---
First Military District of 5,421 7,066 14
Second Military District of 1,912 2,482 12
Third Military District of 4,985 6,047 21
Fourth Military District of 1,529 2,214 6
Fifth Military District of 1,981 2,734 ---
Sixth Military District of 3,319 4,385 16
Seventh Military District of 6,917 9,355 8
District of Georgia 8,761 11,768 27
District of Middle Florida 1,937 2,752 ---
District of East Florida 1,440 2,507 8
Total 38,227 51,337 112
Troops in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, General G. T. Beauregard, C. S. Army, commanding, January 31, 1864.
FIRST MILITARY DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
Brigadier General ROSWELL S. RIPLEY.
18th Georgia Battalion, Major William S. Basinger.
1st South Carolina (regulars), Colonel William Butler.
7th South Carolina Battalion (volunteers),* Lieutenant Colonel P. H. Nelson.
17th South Carolina,+ Colonel F. W. McMaster.
18th South Carolina,+ Colonel W. H. Wallace.
20th South Carolina, Colonel Lawrence M. Keitt.
22nd South Carolina,+ Major James H. Rion.
23rd South Carolina,+ Colonel H. L. Benbow.
26th South Carolina,+ Company C, Captain Henry M. Lofton.
27th South Carolina, Company G, Captain Henry Buist.
*To Hagood's organized brigade.
+To Evans' organized brigade.