Correspondence, Orders, And Returns Relating To Operations On The Coasts Of South Carolina And Georgia, And In Middle And East Florida
HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
Charleston, S.C., September 9, 1863.
Brig. Gen. R. S. RIPLEY,
Commanding First Military District:
GENERAL: It is the wish of the commanding general that the order shall again be extended to commanding officers of batteries, directing them in all engagements with the iron-clads, to concentrate their fire as much as practicable, on the nearest vessel to the principal battery until she shall be forced to retire, then on the next, and so on. Should the Ironsides at any time come within effective range, it will be well to concentrate fire on her.
Further, the commanding general directs, if the submarine torpedo boat is not already raised, that Lieutenant Payne shall be relieved, and that the work of raising the vessel shall be placed under the direction of Ferguson, Mathewes, or other competent persons, as you may determine. Also, all boats and barges at all posts must be strictly guarded.
You will please inform these headquarters whether there is a night picket at the old Marsh Battery, as previously ordered.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Chief of Staff.
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