the department, to dissolve the Board, as the services of officers cannot be spared at this time for the purpose indicated, even if the duty were considered appropriate, and the order otherwise unobjectionable.
Yours, very truly,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. C., GA., AND FLA., Numbers 109.
Charleston, S. C., April 19, 1864.
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IV. A board, to consist of five members, will assemble, in Charleston on the 20th day of April, 1864, or as soon thereafter as practicable, for the purpose of compiling a military history of the siege of Charleston, S. C., to commence with the date of the naval attack on Fort Sumter, April 7, 1863.
The following are appointed members of the Board:
Honorable Pierre Soule, volunteer aide-de-camp, president.
Major W. S. Basinger, artillery, Provisional Army, C. S.
Captain John Johnson, engineers.
Lieutenant John R. Key, engineer draughtsman.
Captain H. W. Feilden, assistant adjutant-general, will, in addition to his present duties, act as recorder for the Board, and, if necessary may employ a competent clerk as an assistant. Captain Johnson will continue to supervise the defense of Fort Sumter, but will leave an assistant in immediate charge of that work. He will be furnished by the chief engineer with a boat and crew that he may visit the fort whenever necessary.
By command of General Beauregard:
GILES B. COOKE,
ROYALL'S, May 7, 1864-9 p. m.
Captain H. W. FEILDEN,
Colonel Simonton reports that a gunboat came up the Stono at 10 a. m. to-day and shelled Legareville; otherwise no change.
WM. B. TALIAFERRO,
CHARLESTON, S. C., May 7, 1864.
Brigadier General WILLIAM B. TALIAFERRO,
The Twelfth Georgia Battalion left Savannah to-day. I suppose it will arrive some time between this and morning.
H. W. FEILDEN,