and especially to any point that might be selected on Sullivan's Island. Your views and reasons are asked in order that this bureau may present the matter in full to Major-General Jones, commanding Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and if possible prevail on him to have the gun mounted as originally intended. An early reply is requested.
By order of Major-General Gilmer:
J. H. ALEXANDER,
HDQRS. SECOND AND SIXTH MILITARY DISTRICTS,
DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
August 6, 1864.
Major C. S. STRINGFELLOW,
Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.:
MAJOR: In accordance with verbal instructions from the commanding general, received through Major Jenkins, I have taken the necessary steps to attack the blockader in North Edisto River on Wednesday morning next, the tide being suitable. The only fear I have is a rear movement of the enemy in the direction of Legareville. I have directed two Napoleon guns to be posted at Aberpoolie Creek, at the point where the Legareville road crosses that stream, but an infantry support is needed. The bridge at Saxby's having been completed, this force might come over on Tuesday and return Wednesday evening. As it is of the utmost importance to protect this position. I hope that at least two companies of infantry may be sent. Cannot a sufficient number of artillerists be spared to man the 30-pounder Parrott?
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. H. ROBERTSON,
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 185.
Richmond, August 6, 1864.
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XVII. Colonel William J. Magill, of the Invalid Corps, is assigned to duty as commandant of the post of Columbia, S. C., and will report accordingly.
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By command of the Secretary of War:
SAML. W. MELTON,
AUGUST 7, 1864.
Brigadier General B. H. ROBERTSON,
Commanding, &c., Adams' Run:
GENERAL: I received this evening your letter of this date, with two from Major Jenkins to you inclosed. Under the altered state of affairs, as now reported by Major Jenkins, the expedition against