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BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD. 151
"I coincide in recommendation that all fortifications and
ordnance property be transferred to engineer officer here for salvage.
Earnestly recommend that Battery 0, First Artillery, be
ordered to Fort Sam Houston for recuperation and equipment;
officers and men are largely destitute. At present a large number
are injured and unfit for duty. Impossible at present to
furnish them with ordinary camp equipage, clothing, as all transportation
facilities are being utilized to bring in food supplies."
CAPTAIN RICHE'S REPORT.
"CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, ARMY, Washington, D. C.:
" Tetties sunk nearly to mean low tide level, but not seriously
breached. Channel at least as good as before; perhaps better.
Twenty-five feet certainly. Forts as follows: Fort Crockett-Two
15-pounder emplacements, concrete all right, standing on piling
water underneath. Battery for eight mortars about like preceding.
Mortars and carriages on hand unmounted.
"Battery for two io-inch guns about like preceding, both
guns mounted and in good shape. Shore line at Fort Crockett
has moved back about six hundred feet. Fort San Jacinto-Battery
for eight I2-inch mortars badly wrecked, magazines reported
fallen in ; mortars reported safe. No piling was under this battery;
some of the sand parapet left. Battery for two Io-inch
guns badly wrecked. Central portion level, both gun platforms
down, guns leaning. No piling was under this battery.
"Battery for two 4.7-inch rapid fire guns, concrete standing
upon piling; both guns apparently all right. Battery for two
15-pounder guns, concrete apparently all right, standing upon
" Fort San Jacinto batteries could not be reached by land;
inspection was from a distance. Sand around these batteries
seemed pretty well leveled off to about two to three feet above
mean low. Torpedo casemate, nothing but concrete left and badly
wrecked. Concrete portion of cable tank left ; cable in it probably
safe. Part of coal wharf still standing.
' Everything else in vicinity gone. Some of the mine cases
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