"Formal possession of Beaufort will be taken on Thursday, and the Charleston papers intimate that Gen. SHERMAN would have some difficulty in doing so. They state that Gen. LEE was making extensive preparations to defend it, though the nature of the preparations is not made very clear.
"A battery had been erected at Port Royal Ferry, upon which were mounted guns taken out of the privateers Lady Davis and Huntress, and here, it is stated, a stand will be made. The Charleston Mercury is disposed to condemn the preparations which have been made, as inadequate to the emergency."
The General Sherman referred to was Thomas West Sherman, not the W.T. Sherman who became so famous. The General Lee was the famous Robert E. Lee who had not yet assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia.