OHAP. XL.] CAPTURE OF THE C. S. S. ATLANTA. 189
From this time until 3.30 p. m. everything was quiet, when Battery
Gregg threw a few shots in the direction of the bridge *connecting
Mount Pleasant with Sullivan's Island. Some of the shells fell near
Battery Bee, but inflicted no damage.
About sunset the enemy fired 2 shots over Fort Sumter, and, at the
report of the evening gun from the latter work, the Federal flag on
Morris Island was dipped in respect. This unusual and unexpected
piece of courtesy on the part of the Yankees is deemed worthy of
It is reported from the Stono that after dark last evening seven
camp-fires were observed on John's Island, but no sentinel could be
seen, as usual, on the bridge. The Stono is said to be clear.
Owing to the state of the atmosphere, it was impossible to obtain
a report of the Federal fleet at Hilton Head. Their tugs, however,
appeared to be busy plying between Hilton Head, Skull Creek, Bay
Point, and Beaufort.
A communication from these headquarters addressed to the chief
ordnance officer of the department, with a view to hasten, the repair
of the bands of the 10-inch rifle, was returned to-day with the in-
dorsement by Major [N. R.] Chambliss, commanding the arsenal,
that every effort had been made to procure band iron, and that some
was expected to-day, when the work would be commenced and soon
The superintendent of harbor defense telegraph reports that during
the current month 1,557 messages, embracing 47,977 words, have been
transmitted by that line.
The following are the number of shots fired by our batteries which
were in action to-day : Brooke gun battery, 3 ; Marion, 5; Cheves, 2;
battery near headquarters (Fort Johnson), 3.
No casualties were reported at any of our works.
JUNE 17, 1863.—Capture of the Confederate States Steamer Atlanta (Fingal),
in Warsaw Sound, Ga.
No. 1.— Maj. Charles G. Halpine, Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Army.
No. 2.—Brig. Gen. H. W. Mercer, C. S. Army, commanding Military District of
Report of Maj. Charles G. Halpine, Assistant Adjutant-General,
U. S. Army.
WASHINGTON, D. C.,
January 25, 1864.
GENERAL: I have the honor to transmit herewith certified copies
of a letter from Rear-Admiral S. F. DuPont, relative to the capture
of the rebel iron-clad Atlanta, in Warsaw Sound, just as she was
sallying out upon the high seas ; also copy of a letter from me to
the Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, transmitting Ad-
miral DuPont's letter, and asking that it be inserted in the records of
* For reports of Rear-Admiral S. F. DuPont and Capt. John Rodgers, U. S. Navy,
see Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 7, 1863.