m, and must fall back to Macon, where reinforcements should be sent at once.
Beauregard, on the same day, telegraphed from Tuscumbia: I would advise all available fo form junction and march upon Augusta.
General Cobb concurs.
Both Cobb and Beauregard, however, greatly underrated Sherman's force, neither estimating it higher thd barges, of course no reinforcements can be sent from Augusta.
On the 30th, Beauregard's command was extended from the Mississippi to the sea-coast, and the governo east and west of Georgia.
No report from General Hood since the 20th ult.—Beauregard to Richmond, December 13. He had consumed the corn and fodder, as well as theleast for a while, the advance of the national army.
On the 6th of December, Beauregard reported to Jefferson Davis that he had counted upon a force of thirty thousato defend the state of Georgia, and ensure the destruction of Sherman's army. Beauregard to Davis, December 6, 1864. and with this number, the difficulties that could