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HDQRS. FIFTH MIL. DIST., DEPT. OF S. C., GA., AND FLA.,

Charleston, May 15, 1864.

Captain H. W. FEILDEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to state that the following troops are stationed now at Fort Sumter:

Detachment of -

Aggregate.

20th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers.............159

6th Georgia Volunteers............................. 54

19th Georgia Volunteers............................. 54

1st South Carolina Artillery.......................110

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Total...............................................377

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ALFRED RHETT,

Colonel, Commanding.

RICHMOND, VA., May 16, 1864.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Charleston, S. C.:

You will send to this city, with the greatest possible expedition, a good brigade of infantry from Florida, sending those troops that are most accessible.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

(Same sent Major General Patton Anderson, Lake City, Fla.)

CHARLESTON, S. C., May 6, 1864.

Major General PATTON ANDERSON,

Lake City, Fla.:

Form the whole of the infantry of your district into one brigade, and send them with the greatest possible expedition to Richmond, Va., Brigadier-General Finegan commanding.

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

FORT JOHNSON, May 16, 1864.-6.30 p. m.

EDITORS MERCURY AND COURIER:

The following is correct report of bombardment to-day: Battery Gregg opened upon Fort Sumter about 10 o'clock with Parrotts and columbiads, occasionally firing a shot at the city, when two monitors took their position and likewise opened fire. The n the guns from Fort Johnson Simkins, and Battery Cheves, under the command of Captain John G. King, of First South Carolina, Artillery, all bearing upon Battery Gregg, opened in beautiful style, and soon succeeded by their well-directed, fire in putting a stop to the enemy's bombardment of Sumter, while Fort Moultrie and the batteries on Sullivan's Island caused the monitors to retire.

JAS. McCAULEY,

Surgeon, Fort Johnson.