WE continue in this number our
series of illustrations of
General Gilmore's campaign before Charleston, from
sketches by our special artist, Mr. T. R. Davis. Mr. Davis writes:
"REPULSE AT GREGG.
"HEAD-QUARTERS, MORRIS ISLAND,
"The attempt to capture Battery
Gregg by boat attack, though a failure, hastened, without doubt, the conge taken
by the rebels of Morris Island on the night of the 6th ult.
"This I premise, that the real
importance of the event may be more perfectly understood, and the daring
exhibited in the attempt, though unsuccessful, may be more thoroughly
"The scene upon the beach when,
just at twilight, the boats that were to bear our gallant men upon their
dangerous mission were being transported upon wagons to a point from whence a
successful starting could be accomplished was full of suggestion. Would they be
successful; or would the same boats be on the morrow shattered wrecks, each
splinter stained with blood, telling of the sacrifice freely offered for our
"Then waiting with more than
eager eye and breathless anxiety stood to their guns the brave men, who watched
from the different batteries for the first flash that would tell of a successful
landing, or the discovery by an alert foe.
"Could we have captured Battery
Gregg a few more of the 'Tchivulree' would now be at Hilton Head, awaiting their
transportation to the land of 'Unculpsalm.'
"The sketch of Fort Moultrie and
the batteries upon Sullivan's Island gives the scene which was witnessed by the
sturdy Jack Tars who manned our iron-clads in their last attack upon these
works, and which was hailed by them with cheer after cheer.
Weehawken had just grounded
upon a shoal near Morris Island, and the concentrated