August 30, 1862, The Charleston Mercury
About half-past three o’clock, on Thursday afternoon, one of the gunboats from the enemy’s fleet off the Bar steamed in towards the shore, and opened fire, first upon the battery at Beach Inlet, and then upon the Beauregard Battery, under command of Major RHETT. The battery replied with spirit for about half an hour, when the gunboat drew off. Another one, however, soon came in to take her place, and renewed the fire upon the battery, which again replied. This latter firing lasted a little over half an hour, when the attacking vessel steamed off, like her predecessor. Although many of the enemy’s shells fell in the neighborhood of the battery, none took effect within it, and no damage whatever was sustained from the fire of the gunboats.
The firing from the battery was remarkably good. We learn that six shots in succession were in the direct line of the ship, some a little short, some a little over. The gun used was a rifled 32-pounder, under the direction of Captain JOHN C. MITHCEL, Jr. The distance of the vessel was about four thousand yards.