HDQRS. FIRST MIL. DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Charleston, S. C., July 17, 1864.
Colonel ALFRED RHETT,
Commanding, Sullivan's Island:
COLONEL: Accompanying this, I hand you, by direction of the brigadier-general commanding, an order to send small company from your command for duty at the Blakely gun battery in this city. It is desired that it be selected with regard to the morale of the men. It does not matter whether the company come from yours or Colonel Butler's regiment.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. F. NANCE,
HDQRS. SECOND AND SIXTH MILITARY DISTRICTS, DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA, July 18 1864.
Major CHARLES S. STRINGFELLOW,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Charleston, S. C.:
MAJOR: Time is all important in constructing the works at Field's Point and Chapman's Fort. At this season alone planters can spare their negroes without injury to their crops. The order for the impressment of labor, fixing ration, &c., should come from department headquarters. I will require an experienced engineer
to locate the work at Chapman's Fort on Ashepoo River, and 200 negroes to complete the two works within the next four or five weeks. The immediate attention of the major-general commanding is respectfully called to this subject.
I am, major, respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. H. ROBERTSON,
CONFEDERATE SIGNAL MESSAGES.*
JULY 18, 1864.
Remember, I am greatly in want of baskets and gabions. The barges failed last night; the excuse given was the weather, which was no obstacle at all. I think they should be reported; it was neither rough nor blowing, and the rain was not hard. Send the plank, but not the heavy timber.
JULY 18, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel E. H. BACON,
Captain Mitchel says he will relieved Company B's men if there are others sent in their place.
Commanding Detach, Co. B, Twenty-second Georgia Regiment
*Intercepted by Union signal officers.