sonnel required for swift and unencumbered running, under any emergency.
The Georgia troops sent back to Savannah were ordered to Charleston, so as to be ready, if necessary, to go again to Wilmington, where, it was reported on the 6th, the enemy might make his first attempt.
General Bonham, who had succeeded the Honorable F. W. Pickens as Governor of South Carolina, was urged to make all timely preparations for the impending Federal expedition, should Charleston, and not Wilmington and Weldon, become the point of attack.
General Beauregard had long studied the problem of how best to deal with the Federal monitors, in the event of their forcing a passage into the harbor of Charleston.
The following letter gives one of the conclusions at which he had arrived:
Headquarters, Department, S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Jan. 15th, 1863. Brig.-Genl. R. S. Ripley, Commanding First Military Dist., etc.:
General,—The Commanding General wishes you to organize and trai
Arrival of General Beauregard at Weldon, April 22d.
he Disapproves operations against Plymouth andrrors of Mr. Davis.>
General Beauregard reached Weldon, North Carolina, on the 22d of April, 1864; but, contrary to the a staff whose services he deemed indispensable.
While at Weldon, watching and aiding certain operations specially ordered in case of a sudden attack by the enemy upon Petersburg or Weldon.
He advised the division of his Department into three mil, Va., April 28th, 1864. General G. T. Beauregard, Weldon, North Carolina:
General,—Your written communication of the 25td at Kinston to facilitate the transport of his troops via Weldon.
No time was lost in carrying out the order. and sent to the arrival of the last two brigades, hourly expected from Weldon, and also to see General Whiting, then just arriving to taiments of Hoke's and Kemper's brigade now at Hicksford and Weldon.
If they cannot come with you, order Dearing's cavalry to
By command of General Beauregard. Jno. M. Otey, A. A. G.
The outlook for the immediate future of the Confederacy had become very alarming.
Hood's army, near Nashville, was seriously threatened by Thomas, who was hourly awaiting his coming reinforcements.
Sherman, almost unimpeded in his march through Georgia, had all but reached his destination.
News had also been received that two corps of Grant's army, reinforced by cavalry, were advancing in North Carolina, via Weldon, with a large train of wagons; and General Beauregard was asked for troops with which to oppose the reported movement.
See General Whiting's telegram, in Appendix.
In a long and explicit letter to President Davis, General Beauregard thus explained the situation in General Hardee's Department:
Charleston, S. C., Dec. 13th, 1864. To his Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.:
Sir,—I arrived here, on my way to Savannah, on the evening of the 7th,