Letter, 21 December

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    Fort Sumter, Decr 21st 1863 Majr W H Echols Chief Engr S. C. Major, I have the honour to report that the hands were employed from 5 to 12 midnight and again from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. They were principally engaged in filling and packing between soffit of arches and gallery in N and N.E. casemates. Three more arches were completed and a large breach in crown of one of the Northeasterly of arches of N. casemates completely filled with rubbish [and] sand. The whole length of gallery on N. face may soon be declared bomb proof. Mining was continued in S.W. angle through old mess rooms, progress very little, on account of great caving of earth. Heavy timber gallery around the base of reinforce interior S. W. angle of gorge was commenced, and will be soon finished. Main gallery along N and N. E. casemates is just completed. Great quantities of earth were taken out of arched entry way of S W casemates, and bagged and [End Page 1] laid near at hand for use in filling commissary store room. The steamer owing to accident failed to arrive last night; conesquently, having no tools to spare, the usual employment of the Garrison details, removing the cargo from the wharf into the parade was necessarily omitted. They were engaged however from 2 to 5. p.m. in continuing the filling of holes over arches of N. face. If tools could be furnished, details might be worked at the same time with the Negros to great advantage, as the work is now situated. Three more bodies have been discovered in close proximity to each other in S. W. arched brick entry. They will be boxed up and sent to Q.M. tonight. No firing since last report. I remain with much respect, Yr. Old Servt. F.M. Hall Asst. Engr. in charge [End Page 2] [left side of page] Office chief Engr Charleston Dec 22nd 63 Respectfully returned Maj Echols will communicate with Mr Hall and find out what tools he requires and send them to him D B Harris Col [and] Chef Engr C. S. Engineer office Charleston Dec 25 63 Capt. Johnson asked to delay the return till he returned to Sumter. He reports that he wants nothing. Respectfully W H Echols Maj [and] Chf Egr SC [right side of page] Fort Sumter, Decr 21st 63 F M Hall Asst. Engineer In Charge Daily Report CS Engineer office 22d Decr 1863 Reply forwarded al tools asked for have been furnished. Wm H Echols Major and [illegible] SC [End Page 3]
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    Fort Sumter, Decr 21st 1863 Majr W H Echols Chief Engr S. C. Major, I have the honour to report that the hands were employed from 5 to 12 midnight and again from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. They were principally engaged in filling and packing between soffit of arches and gallery in N and N.E. casemates. Three more arches were completed and a large breach in crown of one of the Northeasterly of arches of N. casemates completely filled with rubbish [and] sand. The whole length of gallery on N. face may soon be declared bomb proof. Mining was continued in S.W. angle through old mess rooms, progress very little, on account of great caving of earth. Heavy timber gallery around the base of reinforce interior S. W. angle of gorge was commenced, and will be soon finished. Main gallery along N and N. E. casemates is just completed. Great quantities of earth were taken out of arched entry way of S W casemates, and bagged and [End Page 1] laid near at hand for use in filling commissary store room. The steamer owing to accident failed to arrive last night; conesquently, having no tools to spare, the usual employment of the Garrison details, removing the cargo from the wharf into the parade was necessarily omitted. They were engaged however from 2 to 5. p.m. in continuing the filling of holes over arches of N. face. If tools could be furnished, details might be worked at the same time with the Negros to great advantage, as the work is now situated. Three more bodies have been discovered in close proximity to each other in S. W. arched brick entry. They will be boxed up and sent to Q.M. tonight. No firing since last report. I remain with much respect, Yr. Old Servt. F.M. Hall Asst. Engr. in charge [End Page 2] [left side of page] Office chief Engr Charleston Dec 22nd 63 Respectfully returned Maj Echols will communicate with Mr Hall and find out what tools he requires and send them to him D B Harris Col [and] Chef Engr C. S. Engineer office Charleston Dec 25 63 Capt. Johnson asked to delay the return till he returned to Sumter. He reports that he wants nothing. Respectfully W H Echols Maj [and] Chf Egr SC [right side of page] Fort Sumter, Decr 21st 63 F M Hall Asst. Engineer In Charge Daily Report CS Engineer office 22d Decr 1863 Reply forwarded al tools asked for have been furnished. Wm H Echols Major and [illegible] SC [End Page 3]
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    Fort Sumter, Decr 21st 1863 Majr W H Echols Chief Engr S. C. Major, I have the honour to report that the hands were employed from 5 to 12 midnight and again from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. They were principally engaged in filling and packing between soffit of arches and gallery in N and N.E. casemates. Three more arches were completed and a large breach in crown of one of the Northeasterly of arches of N. casemates completely filled with rubbish [and] sand. The whole length of gallery on N. face may soon be declared bomb proof. Mining was continued in S.W. angle through old mess rooms, progress very little, on account of great caving of earth. Heavy timber gallery around the base of reinforce interior S. W. angle of gorge was commenced, and will be soon finished. Main gallery along N and N. E. casemates is just completed. Great quantities of earth were taken out of arched entry way of S W casemates, and bagged and [End Page 1] laid near at hand for use in filling commissary store room. The steamer owing to accident failed to arrive last night; conesquently, having no tools to spare, the usual employment of the Garrison details, removing the cargo from the wharf into the parade was necessarily omitted. They were engaged however from 2 to 5. p.m. in continuing the filling of holes over arches of N. face. If tools could be furnished, details might be worked at the same time with the Negros to great advantage, as the work is now situated. Three more bodies have been discovered in close proximity to each other in S. W. arched brick entry. They will be boxed up and sent to Q.M. tonight. No firing since last report. I remain with much respect, Yr. Old Servt. F.M. Hall Asst. Engr. in charge [End Page 2] [left side of page] Office chief Engr Charleston Dec 22nd 63 Respectfully returned Maj Echols will communicate with Mr Hall and find out what tools he requires and send them to him D B Harris Col [and] Chef Engr C. S. Engineer office Charleston Dec 25 63 Capt. Johnson asked to delay the return till he returned to Sumter. He reports that he wants nothing. Respectfully W H Echols Maj [and] Chf Egr SC [right side of page] Fort Sumter, Decr 21st 63 F M Hall Asst. Engineer In Charge Daily Report CS Engineer office 22d Decr 1863 Reply forwarded al tools asked for have been furnished. Wm H Echols Major and [illegible] SC [End Page 3]
Title:
Letter, 21 December
Date:
1863-12-21
Collection:
Daily reports, 1863 Dec. 17-23
Contributing Institution:
South Carolina Historical Society
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Echols, William H., d. 1909, Hall, F. M.
Topical Subject:
Fortification South Carolina, Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.), Slave labor, Slaves--United States, Slavery--South Carolina
Geographic Subject:
Charleston (S.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865—Sources, Confederate States of America. Engineer Bureau, Confederate States of America. Engineer Dept, Confederate States of America--Defenses, Confederate States of America--History, Confederate States of America--History, Military, Confederate States of America—History—Sources
Language:
English
Series:
South Carolinians at Work
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
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