War of the Rebellion: Serial 066 Page 0552 S.C., FLA., AND ON THE GA. COAST. Chapter XLVII.

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CHARLESTON, S. C., July 2, 1864.

Major General L. McLAWS,

Savannah, Ga.:

Twelve hundred men have been sent by the enemy to Hilton Head. Two monitors have also left here, believed to be going south. A demonstration is now being made upon James Island. It may be only a feint to engage our attention here, whilst the monitors and the land forces, re-enforced as above stated, make a real attack on Savannah or elsewhere on the coast. Keep sharp lookout.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., July 2, 1864.

Major General L. McLAWS,

Savannah, Ga.:

You will send by passenger train to-morrow morning the First Georgia Regulars to the support of General Robertson. Colonel rains has been ordered to re-enforce you. The whole of the enemy's force is concentrated on James Island and in General Robertson's district. Eery dispatch must be used. Affairs look threatening. Colonel Colcock has been ordered to send Company C, Bonaud's battalion, and two companies Thirty-second Georgia Volunteers.

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., July 2, 1864.

Colonel G. W. RAINS,

August, Ga.:

You must re-enforce General McLaws in Savannah with every available man. I have called upon him for all his available infantry to assist in the defense of this place. You must use great dispatch. Answer at once.

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA, Charleston, S. C., July 3, 1864.

Flag-Officer J. R. TUCKER,

Commanding Forces Afloat:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that in the event of an attack on Sullivan's Island or Fort Johnson, by the enemy in barges, the navy can render most important service and assistant. He therefore directs me to request that, if you can do assistance. He therefore directs me to request that, if you can do so with propriety, you will place your gun-boats in position near Fort Johnson, so as to render such aid as may be desired and to communicate with Lieutenant-Colonel Yates, commanding. He would be pleased to have this done at once, if practicable, as a another attack is apprehended before daylight.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.