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arrived. We will hold the city as long as practicable with present available means. G. T. Beauregard. He had already had despatches sent to Generals Stewart and Cheatham, 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 directionr of that fort, intimating thereby, and leading the reader to believe, that, prior to July, 1864, when Captain Huguenin was sent there, no other officer than Colonel Elliott had been in command of Fort Sumter. The reader is aware that, after Colonel Rhett had defended the fort for a prolonged period, he was withdrawn from that work, to take charge of the city defences; and that Fort Sumter was afterwards commanded—first by Major Elliott; second, by Captain Mitchell, who fell at his post; and t
e Secretary of War, alleging interference with provisions at Charlotte which had been ordered to Richmond by the Commissary-General, General Beauregard immediately forwarded this telegram: Ridgeway, S. C., Feb. 17th, 1865:9.30 P. M. General Breckinridge, Secy. of War, Richmond, Va.: Far from interfering with provisions at Charlotte Junction, I have done all I could to send everything forward from Columbia. See, in Appendix to preceding chapter, General Beauregard's orders to Major R. Rhett, A. Q. M., and to Captain Witherspoon, A. C. S., for removal of stores from Columbia. I advise removal of all supplies, except two hundred thousand rations, from Charlotte to a safer place farther north; no time should be lost. G. T. Beauregard. On the 18th he informed General McLaws, who had temporarily relieved General Hardee, that Columbia had been abandoned; that Hampton's cavalry was still near the city; that the future intentions of the enemy were not yet fully ascertained; bu
ont, on Little Congaree bridge, and have checked their advance. C. L. Stevenson, Major-Genl. Telegram. Headquarters, Military division of the West, Columbia, S. C., Feb. 14th, 1865. Major-Genl, Cheatham, Comdg. Corps, Augusta, Ga.: General Beauregard directs you to hasten your movement on Columbia. Jno. M. Otey, A. A. G. N. B.—Same was sent to Lieutenant-General A. W. Stewart. Headquarters, Military division of the West, Columbia, S. C., Feb. 15th, 1865. Major R. Rhett, A. Q. M.: General Beauregard wishes every effort made to remove all quartermaster stores from this place to some point on the Charlotte Railroad, beyond Chesterville. Jno. M. Otey, A. A. G. Headquarters, Military division of the West, Columbia, S. C., Feb. 15th, 1865. Capt. J. D. Witherspoon, A. C. S.: Captain,—General Beauregard directs that all the subsistence stores, except fifty thousand (50,000) rations, be sent from the city in the direction of Chesterville and