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of the close supervision required for the new works to be erected, and the many essential alterations to be made in the old ones. His chiefs of artillery and of ordnance were also wanting in experience, but they soon came up to the requirements of their responsible positions, and eventually proved of great assistance to him. Not so with the officers in charge of the Commissary Department. These, in many instances, were not directly under General Beauregard's orders, but under those of Colonel Northrop, who, despite requests and remonstrances, continued to follow his own bent, which was to mismanage the affairs of his Department and set at naught the authority of generals commanding in the field or elsewhere. The worst feature of the case was that, in doing so, he invariably counted upon—and almost always obtained—the full support of the Administration. The scarcity of iron just then was very great—so much so, that it became all but impossible to procure what was needed, not only <
G. T. Beauregard. Col. W. S. Walker, Pocotaligo, S. C.: The two additional regiments and batteries left here before your telegram was received. They are at your disposal on the road. G. T. Beauregard. Richmond, Oct. 22d, 1862. Genl. G. T. Beauregard: Confederate Government has no control over Governors, nor would the latter now be able to effect anything. We must fight it out. Have not seen Mitchell. I am trying to get the three (3) months' subsistence you have asked for. Commissary Northrop is unwilling to consent to so much, on ground that he has not enough at other points. Secretary is willing to give for a month or six weeks. Wm. Porcher miles. Pocotaligo, Oct. 22d, 1862. Genl. Jordan: A column of the enemy are marching up from Mackay's Point; force not yet known. Col. W. S. Walker. Pocotaligo, Oct. 22d, 1862. Genl. Beauregard: The enemy's gunboats are going up Bee's Creek; they are probably aiming at Coosawhatchie. Perhaps they will land at Bee's Creek