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862. General Beauregard: General Lee has just telegraphed to General Smith General G. W. Smith, then commanding in South Virginia and NGeneral G. W. Smith, then commanding in South Virginia and North Carolina. as follows: For Wilmington and the coast of North Carolina, draw reinforcements from North Carolina and General Beauregard. Other intelligence induces General Smith to conjecture the purpose of the enemy to march, in conjunction with the force from the fleet to be linstructions. He determined, however, to give Generals Whiting and Smith all the assistance in his power, even at the risk of the enemy breaeauregard's direct co-operation was desired by Generals Whiting and Smith. The latter was of opinion that, should Banks's forces unite with cal lines should then be considered as no longer existing. But General Smith's apprehensions were not realized. On the 18th, from Goldsboroch great haste on the part of the enemy was not perceptible, as General Smith's forces did not exceed six thousand men, without cavalry, and
m adopts his suggestion. the Federal fleet is attacked on the 11th. the Palmetto State Disables the Mercedita, and gives Chase to two other steamers. the Chicora sets fire to a propeller, Cripples the Quaker City, and Disables the Keystone State. the whole blockading fleet Retires. the blockade of Charleston Harbor undoubtedly raised. General Pemberton's error in abandoning the defences of the Stono. Federal gunboats run up the Stono. General Beauregard plans the capture of the Isaac Smith. Colonel Yates's report. attack upon Genesis Point Battery. Federal monitor crippled and forced to withdraw. General Beauregard's letter to General Ripley. his dread of a night attack on Sumter. second attack on Fort McAllister. small force in General Beauregard's Department. he demands additional State troops from Governor Bonham. preparation made for the impending attack on Charleston.> Christmas week and the holidays had come, were gone, and the Federal attack on Charleston ha
of Mississippi, for all the State troops that they could furnish, and, with all the available movable forces of his Department, to keep himself in readiness to move at a moment's notice to the assistance of Major-General Howell Cobb and Major-General G. W. Smith, who were then at or about Griffin, Ga., threatening Atlanta. I also telegraphed to General Cobb to call upon Governor Brown, of Georgia, and Governor Bonham, of South Carolina, for all the State troops that could be collected. I red by General Beauregard and submitted to the President, through Colonel Chestnut, on the 14th of July, 1861; to the advance urged at the Fairfax Court-house conference, in October of the same year, by Generals J. E. Johnston, Beauregard, and G. W. Smith; to the plan of campaign suggested, instead of the invasion of Pennsylvania, in 1863; to the proposed concerted attack upon Butler's forces, near Bermuda Hundreds, in May, 1864, by the whole of General Beauregard's army, reinforced by 10,000 m
I am directed by the General Commanding to forward to you the accompanying memorandum We invite the reader's special attention to the memorandum above referred to. See Appendix. of orders, which he wishes you to issue immediately after the evacuation of Savannah. They are designed to carry out his views as to the best disposition of troops under your command for the defence of Charleston and the State of South Carolina generally—Savannah being in the possession of the enemy. Major-General G. W. Smith's command (about two thousand men) being sent to Augusta, will leave, of the troops coming from Savannah, about six thousand five hundred, which, added to those under the immediate command of Major-General Sam. Jones, on the line of the Savannah and Charleston Railroad—say about five thousand five hundred, exclusive of those in and around Charleston—make about twelve thousand troops. Of these he thinks there should be about two thousand five hundred to guard the left bank of the C<
th that of the Salkehatchie, in South Carolina, See telegram from General Beauregard to General Hardee, in Appendix. See, also, order of War Department giving limits of Department South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida putting it under General G. W. Smith, who then had command of the Georgia reserves. General Beauregard reached Macon on the 6th of January, in the afternoon, and remained there a whole day, in conference with General Cobb in regard to military affairs in his district. It h 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 order; and General Beauregard, after giving detailed instructions to General Smith, Chief-Engineer, for the defence of Choctaw and Open Bluff, Ala., and the river at those points, started on the 19th of January for Augusta, Ga., via Mobile. He had on that day requested General Hood to hold Cheatham's corps (less Gibson's b
d Hardee meet, by appointment, at Augusta. they hold a conference at Green's Cut Station with Generals D. H. Hill and G. W. Smith. Military situation as there developed, and plan adopted and forwarded to the War Department, with General Beauregardlong the Salkehatchie and the Combahee. Major-General D. H. Hill, commanding the Subdistrict of Augusta, and Major-General G. W. Smith, commanding the Georgia reserves, occupied at that time the defensive line of Briar Creek, some twenty-five mil at Green's Cut Station, Ga., at which General Beauregard, Lieut.-General Hardee, Major-General D. H. Hill, and Major-General G. W. Smith were present. The following was the estimated strength of the forces, in and about Augusta and the State of unted and dismounted1,500 One-half only available at that date. ——3,500 —— Total under General Hardee14,500 Major-General Smith: Georgia militia1,200 General Brown: Reserves250 ——1,450 —— Total15,950 —— infantry12,450 Lee
Your despatch received. We have to save the people, save the blood of the army, and save the high civil functionaries. Your plan, I think, can only do the last. We ought to prevent invasion, make terms for our troops, and give an escort of our best cavalry to the President, who ought to move without loss of a moment. Commanders believe the troops will not fight again. We think your plan impracticable. Major-General Wilson, U. S. A., has captured Macon, with Major-Generals Cobb and G. W. Smith, Brigadiers Mackall and Mercer, and the garrison. Federal papers announce capture of Mobile, with three thousand prisoners. J. E. Johnston, General. No answer was given to this. General Johnston received neither orders nor instructions from Mr. Davis after the latter's communication of the 24th of April. His memory serves him amiss if it suggests otherwise—unless General Breckinridge's telegram of the 25th to General Johnston can be considered as an answer from the President;
. Comdg. Charleston, S. C., Dec. 14th, 1862. Genl. G. W. Smith, Petersburg, Va.: Orders given, and movemenilmington, Dec. 15th, 1862. Genl. Beauregard: General Smith telegraphed me as follows from Goldsboroa: I arrno one will be more glad to see you than myself. G. W. Smith, Major-Genl. Richmond, Dec. 16th, 1862. Genl. eauregard, Charleston, S. C.: A telegram from General Smith confirms the visit of the enemy (some five hundrston, S. C.: Without reinforcements from you, General Smith's forces will be six thousand of Confederate troly after the evacuation of Savannah. 1. Major-General G. W. Smith will proceed immediately with his command ceed immediately to Charleston and relieve Major-General G. W. Smith's division. 3. Major-General Wright's dgo, and two (2), manned by militia-men, to accompany Smith's division. W. J. Hardee, Lieut.-Genl. Rurself, with Generals Hardee, McLaws, Wright, and G. W. Smith. At the last one of the major-generals was absen