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the safety of Charleston and of the Confederate cause, it peremptorily declined to do so. The matter was brought before Mr. Seddon, the successor of Mr. Randolph as Secretary of War, but he would have nothing to do with it, because, as he said, the O expressed his intention to lay the question before Congress, and demand a special appropriation for that purpose, that Mr. Seddon finally issued the order, and had the bill paid by the Ordnance Department. When General Beauregard left Charleston give to Wilmington special attention and such aid as you can spare. Of this order General Whiting will be notified. Jas. A. Seddon, Secretary of War. This telegram was far from explicit, and left upon General Beauregard the responsibility of fhe attack on Charleston will be made, about the holidays, by four ironclads. This news has not got into the papers. Jas. A. Seddon, Secretary of War. The substance of the foregoing despatch being repeated the next day, General Beauregard began
ould have left General Beauregard with hardly any troops in his Department, stung him to an earnest remonstrance, as is shown by the following letter: Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., May 11th, 1863. Hon. J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War, Richmond: Sir,—This morning, as clearly as it could be done in the space of a telegram, I sought to lay before you the military condition in which this Department would be left, after the execution of your orders of yeds that we should guard against both; hence, I beg that you should adopt all the necessary measures to further these designs. Respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, Genl. Comdg. Meanwhile, the Secretary of War, the Hon. Mr. Seddon, through whose agency chiefly the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida had been so materially weakened by successive transfers of its troops to other points of the Confederacy, was now apparently in a state of great trepidation ab
July. War Department advised of the threatening nature of the enemy's preparations. withdrawal of troops from the Department. Protest of General Beauregard. Mr. Seddon's telegram of the 9th of May. he is informed on the 10th of the erection of the enemy's batteries on Folly Island. General Beauregard's letter of the 11th of moment. The report has been made more in detail than otherwise would have been done in order to refute certain charges contained in a letter of the lion. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War, of August, 1863, to the Hon. Wm. Porcher Miles, M. C., from South Carolina, and volunteer aid on my staff. I doubt not that, after the perteam frigates, 5 wooden gunboats, 6 ships, 4 barks, 3 brigs, 87 transports, and 58 schooners: 183 in all. A very remarkable increase since last report. Hon. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War, telegraphs, on the 9th of May, 1863: Foster, with his own and part of Hunter's forces, is believed to have returned to North Carolin
he Richmond Railroad, and, to all appearance, had abandoned his original intention of investing Petersburg; but where he would next attempt to strike was the all-absorbing question. Richmond was his only immediate objective, thought Mr. Davis. Mr. Seddon and General Bragg were of the same opinion. Many telegrams were now sent from Richmond to Petersburg, showing more nervousness than wisdom on the part of the Administration, and seriously interfering with General Beauregard's plans. No one could doubt that the Confederate capital was in imminent peril at that hour; but that Mr. Davis, and Mr. Seddon, and even General Bragg, from within the works of Richmond, should imagine that they could better appreciate the situation than General Beauregard— who for weeks had warned them of the very danger they had persistently neglected to avert—was indeed more than strange. It is easily seen what the result would have been if General Beauregard had not resisted the vexatious intermeddling of
headquarters: Charleston, S. C., Sept. 27th, 1864. To President Jeff. Davis, General Hood's Headquarters, Ga.: Matters here are very unsatisfactory, requiring prompt action on the part of Government. This State should be one district, under a Major-General, and the whole Department under a Lieutenant-General or General. I will telegraph changes required soon. G. T. Beauregard, General. Operator will repeat same message to General R. E. Lee, at Petersburg, Va., and to Hon. J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War, at Richmond. Official. H. W. Fielden, A. A. G. On the 2d of October, in accordance with his instructions, General Beauregard repaired to Augusta, and the next day had a long conference with the President, who had also arrived there during the night. The General gave him a long and detailed account of his investigation at Charleston, repeating and minutely explaining the important suggestions contained in the foregoing telegram. He thereupon earnestly recomm
e triangle up stream. I have the honor to be, General, respectfully, your obt. servt., George Wm. Brent, Col., and A. A. G. The Secretary of War, the Hon. James A. Seddon, had answered General Beauregard's telegram to the President, and, though he doubted General E. Kirby Smith's willingness to respond to the emergency, had, however, authorized the call upon him. Mr. Seddon's telegram to General Beauregard read: Your telegram of the 2d inst. is referred to me for answer. If General E. K. Smith can now act as you suggest, it would be well he should do so. You are authorized so to inform him, and to request his prompt attention. He has, however,ssippi has ceased or been abandoned, while the enemy concentrates east of the Mississippi. The co-operation of your troops should, in some force, avail us. Jas. A. Seddon, Secy. War. To avoid all possible misunderstanding and present the case in a stronger light, Colonel G. W. Brent, A. A. G., transmitted to General E. K.
. General Beauregard referred the matter at once to the War Department and openly opposed it. Mr. Seddon's views coincided with his own, as is shown by the following despatch: Richmond, Va., Je suggestion merely is dangerous; compliance would probably be fatal. Extinguish the idea. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War. The idea was accordingly extinguished, as Mr. Seddon so energeticallMr. Seddon so energetically expressed it; for, on the same day, after informing the War Department that he would lose no time in carrying out its instructions, General Beauregard informed General Hood that his application relaSecretary of War; that it was considered a dangerous experiment, and that he fully agreed with Mr. Seddon in that respect. Discountenance it in full, were the ending words of the despatch forwarded tore, and you, with such troops as may be spared, will return to Georgia and South Carolina. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War. Both Generals Hood and Taylor were immediately informed of this orde
Near five hundred miles of desert separate our base on Red River from the productive region of Missouri, etc. to send assistance to General Hood, in his hard campaign around Nashville, after the battle of Franklin. Mr. Davis had, no doubt, forgotten the expression of opinion of the War Department (December 4th, 1864) concerning General Kirby Smith: that he had heretofore failed to respond to many calls made on him, and that no plans should be based on his compliance. See, in Appendix, Mr. Seddon's telegram to General Beauregard. General Beauregard also bitterly reflected upon General Sherman's long and slow march, from Atlanta to Savannah, from Savannah to Goldsboroa, and from Goldsboroa to Raleigh, a distance of 650 miles, which it had taken him 109 days, or an average of six miles a day, to accomplish. He knew that this had been effected, without material opposition, because of want of forethought on the part of the officers of the War Department, from whom no reinforcemen
e must have reached him before this hour. Jas. A. Seddon, Secty. of War. C. S. A., War Departmenll be six thousand of Confederate troops. Jas. A. Seddon, Secty. of War. Charleston, S. C., made on Charleston, in Christmas week. Jas. A. Seddon, Secty. of War. Charleston, S. C., Dec.a., Charleston, S. C., July 20th, 1863. Hon. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.: Sit night, and endeavor to unite all forces. J. A. Seddon, Secy. of War. Telegram. Richmond, May Petersburg, May 11th, 1864:12.45 P. M. Hon. James A. Seddon, Secy. of War, Richmond, Va.: My divto fight the enemy or defend the capital. James A. Seddon, Secy. of War. Telegram. Petersburg, M as requested, to notice of the President. J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War. There are two modotion occurs, submit. November 9th, 1864. J. A. Seddon, Secty. of War. Official. A. and I. G. Offnessee, near Nashville, Dec. 11th, 1864. Hon. J. A. Seddon, Secy. of War: Sir,—On the 21st of N[2 more...]