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racy. My answer was: Telegram is received. No more troops can be sent away from this Department without losing railroad and country between here and Savannah; Georgetown District would have also to be abandoned. (See my letter of the 15th instant to General Cooper.) Thus, on the 10th of July, 1863, I had but 5861 men, of all arms, in the First Military District, guarding the fortifications around Charleston, or more than one-third of the troops in my Department, with an enemy in my Island, sent out a party of one hundred and fifty men under Major Rion of the 7th South Carolina Battalion, who drove the enemy's pickets from his rifle-pits across the island some three-quarters (3/4) (i) of a mile from Battery Wagner. On the 15th the enemy on Morris Island appeared to be largely reinforced; and during the night of the 14th the frigate Ironsides crossed the bar. The enemy was busy on his works—our men employed in repairing damages in Battery Wagner and answering the fire
ive him an effective of about 25,000 men, General Beauregard, at daybreak on the 15th, should attack Butler on his right flank, so as to cut him off from communicatiost it from the north side. Ransom's division was sent on the afternoon of the 15th, making General Beauregard's force about 15,000 strong, which he hastily organizighting, and said he would change it for them. At 10 o'clock at night, on the 15th, Hoke's brigade commanders were summoned to his headquarters, informed that the eneral Whiting are indicated in the official report. Before 11 A. M., on the 15th, General Beauregard had sent instructions to General Whiting, then at Petersburgt, knowing now that General Ransom could not join him until the afternoon of the 15th, and for other important reasons, fully explained to President Davis in a letter Bluff, according to his original idea before leaving Petersburg. Hence, on the 15th, at 10.45 A. M., Colonel (afterwards General) Logan, formerly of the Hampton Leg
force at Petersburg. attack by Smith's Corps on the 15th. arrival of Hagood's brigade, of Hoke's division. ht still have attacked Petersburg—as he did, on the 15th, with Smith's corps, now increased to 22,000 men—theps—which had crossed the James on the morning of the 15th, and, by some neglect or omission, was not immediateallowed to march to Petersburg at 11.30 A. M. on the 15th. See Appendix. Hagood's brigade, forming part of nd pressing against Petersburg, at 9.11 P. M. on the 15th, notified General Bragg of the situation. He informould have reached Petersburg during the night of the 15th, when, from evidence furnished by General Lee himsels forces at or around Petersburg on the night of the 15th, but as late as June 17th he did not believe that Gear Department: At what hour, during the night of the 15th, did you evacuate the line across Bermuda Hundreds N. Davis says: Lee crossed the James River on the 15th, and, by a night march, his advance was in the intre<
e that they were outnumbered seven to one, make the courage and stubborn resolution there displayed truly sublime. It was a great feat in military annals. On the 15th 2200 men defending Petersburg prevented 22,000 from effecting its capture. On the evening of the 16th 10,000 men stood a successful barrier to 66,000. The same 1l-in-chief was greatly chagrined at the failure of Smith to capture Petersburg. The plan of the movement had been to take that place by surprise; and when, on the 15th, Grant ascertained that Lee was still on the northern side of the James, while Smith and Hancock were combined, with nearly forty thousand men, in front of Petersbhout orders, neglecting or, rather, risking the lesser place, to secure that which was all-important; massing and strengthening the inner works on the night of the 15th, and, afterwards, holding Meade and Smith at bay, until Lee arrived in force. Then the combined rebel army, amounting to sixty thousand men, again on the defensiv
ppi River, where the enemy appeared to be moving his forces towards Memphis and Paducah. An early attack on Corinth was also to be feared, as was a concentration in Middle Tennessee against General Hood's offensive advance. From Selma, on the 15th, General Taylor forwarded him the following telegram: Following just received, dated Jonesboroa, Ga., November 14th: Scouts and prisoners report enemy destroying railroad between Atlanta and Marietta. Prisoners report Sherman in Atlanta, and army. J. B. Hood, General. This refusal General Beauregard thought ill-timed, for the army was still motionless at Florence, and its immediate safety could hardly depend upon the presence of Jackson's cavalry. Sherman had left Atlanta on the 15th, and news of his march, in two columns, one on the Jonesboroa road, the other on the McDonough road, was being received from various quarters— through General Cobb as well as through General Wheeler. General Hood was aware of it, but could not be
That night (February 14th) General Beauregard ordered the track cleared again, and started on his return to Columbia. On arriving at Florence, at 7 A. M., on the 15th, he sent the following telegram to General Hardee: Order all roads and bridges repaired on the three routes designated. Horses impressed in and about Charcient provisions and forage, at proper points, on the several routes designated. G. T. Beauregard. General Beauregard reached Columbia on the afternoon of the 15th, and soon afterwards sent a message to General Lee as follows: Columbia, S. C., Feb. 15th, 1865:7.30 P. M. General R. E. Lee, General-in-chief, Richmond, Va, calling upon them to hasten their movements on Columbia; and to Major Roland Rhett, A. Q. M., and Captain J. D. Witherspoon, A. C. S., orders were given, on the 15th, to remove all quartermaster and subsistence stores, with the exception of fifty thousand rations, to some point on the Charlotte Railroad, in the direction of Che
Chapter 47: General Hardee's despatch of the 3d of March to General Johnston. his despatch of the 4th. failure to follow General Beauregard's instructions. General Hampton forms a junction with General Hardee on the 10th. General Hardee retires towards Averysboroa. General Sherman's entire Army marching on Goldsboroa. General Johnston at Smithfield. is attacked on the 15th, near Averysboroa, by two Federal Corps. enemy repulsed. General Hardee falls back towards Smithfield. General Johnston determines to attack General Sherman's exposed flank. battle of Bentonville. success of the Confederates. distinguished conduct of troops of the Army of Tennessee. number of General Johnston's troops at the battle of Bentonville. Confederate loss. probable loss of the enemy. junction on the 24th of Generals Sherman and Schofield. General Beauregard repairs to Smithfield on the 25th. on the 26th he returns to Raleigh. his various telegrams, suggestions, and orders.
ched General Whiting's headquarters during the night of the 15th, and found him at his headquarters, in the Dunlop Castle, n6th, 1864:8.30 P. M. Please read over my telegrams of 15th inst., and you will perceive that you were not ordered to assae miles—was without any force at all. At 7 A. M., on the 15th, General Dearing informs General Wise that his forces were o I have the honor to submit that, on the morning of the 15th inst., the force under my command for the immediate defence ofce it was an impossibility to hold both. At 7 A. M. of the 15th I sent you the following despatch: Swift Creek, Va., Juneuplicate): In front of Nashville, on the morning of the 15th, the enemy attacked both of our flanks about the same time. not exceeding six hundred men. This affair occurred on the 15th, after which the advance of Sherman was undisputed. The Federal army arrived opposite Columbia on the 15th, and without any warning began to shell the town in every direction. Hunt'