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r in the details of the plan evidences of the fact that General Hood and Mr. Davis were not accustomed to command armies in the field, especially armies like ours, for the management of which much had to be foreseen, and much prepared or created. Sadly impressed with what he had seen and heard, during his conference with General Hood, General Beauregard resolved to repair at once to Jacksonville, about thirty miles southwest of Cave Spring, and about twelve miles from the terminus of the Selma and Rome road. He was there on the 11th, and immediately telegraphed General Taylor to come to him without delay. General Beauregard had not yet assumed command, and had determined not to do so until he had seen and freely conferred with both of his Department Commanders. Meanwhile, he directed supplies of all kinds to be sent to Jacksonville, as a new depot of distribution, and made a personal examination of the approaches to the place, with a view to erect there all necessary works fo
ed, as was a concentration in Middle Tennessee against General Hood's offensive advance. From Selma, on the 15th, General Taylor forwarded him the following telegram: Following just received, On the 16th General Wheeler, through General Taylor, forwarded the following telegram: Selma, November 16th, via Meridian. To General Beauregard: Will send Major-General Gardner to Corineral Beauregard arrived at Macon on the 24th, after many annoying delays at Meridian, Demopolis, Selma, and Montgomery, and had a long and important conference with Generals Cobb and Taylor. The latack and harass him at all favorable points. I telegraphed to Lieutenant-General Taylor, at Selma, Ala., to call on Governor Watts, of Alabama, and Governor Clarke, of Mississippi, for all the Stat portion of the State of Alabama, and would have made nearly certain the capture of Montgomery, Selma, and Mobile, without insuring the defeat of Sherman. 5th. In October last, when passing thro
ent, also told him that, from Macon, General Cobb reported that the enemy's cavalry had penetrated North Alabama, from the Tennessee River, threatening Tuscaloosa, Selma, and Montgomery; while another force of cavalry, supported by infantry and artillery, was advancing, through North Georgia, on Atlanta, Columbus, and Macon, where ad but few troops, principally local and State reserves, to oppose to them. He reported further that General Taylor confirmed the news of the Federal advance on Selma and Montgomery, and feared a movement from the Mississippi River, Memphis, and Vicksburg, through the interior of Mississippi, towards Okalona and Meridian; that athe greatest part of Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina, and move almost at will to the east of the Mississippi. They have recently taken Selma, Montgomery, Columbus, Macon, and other important towns, depriving us of large depots of supplies and of munitions of war. Of the small force still at command many
le, Ala., Oct. 22d, 1864. Lieut.-Genl. Taylor, Selma: General Beauregard desires to see you at Lieut.-Genl. Richard Taylor, Comdg., etc., Selma, Ala.: General,—General Beauregard directs met: 1st. The railroad from Jacksonville to Selma will be abandoned as a means of supplying the nessee, for orders. 5th. The railroad from Selma to Jacksonville will be completed as early as nt, Col., and A. A. G. Telegram. Selma, Ala., Nov. 12th, 1864. Col. Geo. Wm. Brent, A. A. T. Beauregard, Genl. Telegram. Selma, Ala., Nov. 15th, 1864. Col. Geo. Wm. Brent, A. Aand day before. Will leave, via Meridian, for Selma to-day, the Montgomery road being washed away.n. I will be at Meridian to-morrow morning, at Selma tomorrow evening, and Montgomery following mortain known of movements of enemy since fall of Selma; rumored at Montgomery that Forrest fought theoved from Tuscaloosa River, six (6) miles from Selma; the enemy retreated. Enemy's main column rep[2 more...]