War of the Rebellion: Serial 066 Page 0314 S. C., FLA., AND ON THE GA. COAST. Chapter XLVII.

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to level them. The fort, therefore, should be made capable of withstanding the battering of breaching batteries and still be secure against assault. Its isolated position on the southern coast makes this the more important.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. G. FOSTER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST SEPARATE BRIGADE,

NORTHERN DISTRICT, DEPT. OF THE SOUTH,

Morris Island, S. C., October 13, 1864.

Colonel A. S. HARTWELL,

55th Massachusetts Vols., Commanding Post of Folly Island:

COLONEL: By direction of the brigadier-general commanding I have the honor to invite your attention to the following extract from the report of October 13, instant of Captain Thomas L. Appleton, Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers, provost-marshal, Northern District, Department of the South:

The whole force on Long Island is, commissioned officers, 6; enlisted men, 192; which is not enough to do the duty as it ought to be done. The island is 3 miles long and I only found six posts at the front, where there should have been double that number.

The brigadier-general commanding directs that you will cause the number of posts to be increased if it can be done without detriment to the service, and that you will report your action in the matter without delay to these headquarters.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

STUART M. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST SEPARATE BRIGADE,

NORTHERN DISTRICT, DEPT. OF THE SOUTH,

Morris Island, S. C., October 19, 1864.

Colonel P. P. BROWN,

Commanding Post, Morris Island, S. C.:

COLONEL: The brigadier-general commanding directs that our boat pickets in the creek and river in the direction of James Island will be instructed to be particularly observant and active, reporting anything that comes under their notice. Some slight movements of the enemy at other points require us to be on the alert.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOS. J. ROBINSON,

First Lieutenant and Actg. Asst. Adjt. General

HEADQUARTERS FIRST SEPARATE BRIGADE,

NORTHERN DISTRICT, DEPT. OF THE SOUTH,

Morris Island, S. C., October 20, 1864.

Captain THOMAS L. APPLETON,

Provost-Marshal, Northern District, Dept. of the South:

CAPTAIN: I am ordered by the brigadier-general commanding to inform you that the rebel prisoners of war are to be transferred to Fort Pulaski, Ga., and the One hundred and fifty-seventh New York