CONFIDENTIAL CIRCULAR.] APRIL 4, 1864.
GENERAL: Two torpedo-boats will leave the city probably on Wednesday next, and proceed by the Stono and inland waters to Ashepoo. It will be necessary to warn all guards, sentries, and pickets in your district not to fire upon or impede them. At night their signal will be two flashes of a white light succeeding one another.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. W. FEILDEN,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
(Copy of Generals Walker, Wise, and Robertson.)
ROYALL'S, April 4, 1864.
Chief of Staff:
Colonel Gaillard reports that the raft with the torpedoes started from its mooring this evening. When he went there he found the tide on the ebb and the raft secure, but turned entirely round.
WM. B. TALIAFERRO,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Seventh Military District.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND MILITARY DISTRICT, DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
April 4, 1864.
Brigadier General THOMAS JORDAN,
Chief of Staff, &c.:
GENERAL: I have he honor to report that my scout, Saunders, has just returned from a reconnaissance upon the adjacent islands, and states that within the last few days a regiment of infantry, recently withdrawn from Otter Island, has reoccupied its former encampment. He further represents three vessels at the mouth of Ashepoo River, viz, one steamer, one schooner, and a three-masted vessel. I would again respectfully call the attention of the commanding general to he importance of retaining Saunders in his present capacity, and I also recommend that as soon as practicable measures be taken to destroy the above mentioned vessels.
I am, general, respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. H. ROBERTSON,
CHARLESTON, S. C., April 4, 1864.
Brigadier General W. S. WALKER,
Pocotaligo, S. C.:
GENERAL: The Fourth South Carolina Cavalry, Trenholm's company, leaving its artillery behind, and Magee's company, will march without delay to rendezvous at Columbia, and await orders of General Hampton. Each company will be reduced to 80 mounted privates to be selected according to seniority on muster into service.