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asted until the 21st. They were, at that date, in Savannah. On the 24th, having returned to Charleston, Gene established upon the approaches to Charleston and Savannah he radically changed with all possible energy. * *ependencies, of the District of South Carolina, of Savannah and its dependencies, and of the District of Georgnd District6,00020028006,000 Third District6,000 Savannah10,0001,20082,00013,200 ——— Grand total of all arared to make his projected attack on Charleston or Savannah, determined to strike a blow farther south, on thesault, at this juncture, upon either Charleston or Savannah. General Beauregard was accordingly authorized tos been consulted in the works around this city and Savannah. Much unnecessary work has been bestowed upon mane whole country and line of railroad, from here to Savannah, against a determined attack of the enemy; but we l reserves General Beauregard had at Charleston or Savannah were prepared to move by rail in that direction, <
ict (General Hagood's), and two thousand from Savannah (General Mercer's headquarters). And he was aippi and James rivers, and for Port Royal and Savannah. This point he strongly pressed upon the con Boston, the depositary of the Government, at Savannah. A written order will be sent immediately, b Florida, and for sending troops rapidly from Savannah or the interior of Georgia to any point threaate professional criticism of the defences of Savannah and its different approaches, showing the defnt to the memoranda just spoken of: Savannah, Ga., Oct. 28th, 1862. Brig.-Genl. H. W. Mercerrtars have been ordered from Charleston for Fort Jackson and Caustine's Bluff, to fire on river obsttes. Acting upon this impulse, he wrote from Savannah, on the 21st of October, the following messagpoint, thus compelling us to communicate with Savannah and Hardeeville via Augusta. Colonel Walker aphed for, asking that all troops coming from Savannah should be sent to Coosawhatchie, and those fr[9 more...]
informs the War Department of the result of his inspection of the works around Savannah. dispositions taken with regard to different batteries; for the completion ofMobile.> General Beauregard, having accomplished the object of his visit to Savannah, on the 30th of October returned to Charleston, where he found Captain D. B. Hlly informed General Cooper of the result of his inspection of the defences of Savannah, and expressed his views and recommendations more, he said, as an Engineer offto confer with Commodore Tatnall, C. S. N., commanding the Naval Department in Savannah, concerning the fitting out of a small gunboat (not ironclad) with heavy guns,and, by special despatches, warned Generals Whiting, at Wilmington; Mercer, at Savannah; and Hagood, Walker, and Trapier, commanders of the Second, Third, and Fourth eretofore. Cannot a rifling and banding establishment be added to foundery at Savannah for guns there? G. T. Beauregard. 23. Turning his thoughts towards the de
ual necessity of a rapid concentration of troops by rail at any threatened points, in or out of his Department, he caused an earnest request to be sent to the President of the Northeastern Railroad, for the adoption of more efficient measures on the line from Charleston to Wilmington; he drew attention to the necessity of accumulating wood at various stations, and of increasing the personnel 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
ortant work. The sequel proved the wisdom of this precaution. The day following, the Commanders of the First District and of James Island were given specific instructions as to the reinforcements, and guns and mortars were called for and received from Georgia. The Citadel Cadets, of Charleston, were anxious to take part in their country's defence, and their services having been accepted, they were assigned to the works protecting the New Bridge, on the Ashley River. The 2500 men from Savannah had arrived, and the Chief of Subsistence was ordered to make proper provision for them. The storm was evidently approaching. Its premonitory signs, as reported by the Signal Corps, were—first, the increase of the enemy's force in the Stono and the North Edisto; second, the unusual activity visible among the vessels composing the fleet. In fact, during the evening of the 5th, the ironclads, including the frigate New Ironsides and eight monitors, had actually crossed the bar, and anchor
his force, if concentrated at either Charleston or Savannah for a certain period, could, doubtless, make a stot not be lost sight of that my communications with Savannah can be cut by the enemy, without the use of a largof the batteries, and to withdraw them, here or at Savannah, involves the surrender of the work so abandoned, t the line of communication between Charleston and Savannah, a little farther on. A few days later, on the and 1171 cavalry. In the works and lines around Savannah are 1888 nominal infantry, 2295 heavy and light ar necessary to hold the works around Charleston and Savannah, constantly menaced by the proximity of the enemy' you of the expected arrival of ten companies from Savannah and one brigade from Wilmington, N. C., and to dirtillerists and one 10-inch mortar, complete, left Savannah last night. The other four mortars, will soon folTwo 10-inch columbiads have been ordered here from Savannah. Respectfully, your obedient servant, Thomas J
on the 3d, and the other, chiefly concerning Savannah, on the 10th of October, 1862. At the timey to support extensive lines and batteries at Savannah, but 750 infantry to hold line of railroad tossary to hold the works around Charleston and Savannah, constantly menaced by the proximity of the ed without the probable loss of Charleston and Savannah? I need not state to you that the issue is v losing railroad and country between here and Savannah; Georgetown District would have also to be abbe returned, to guard our communications with Savannah. A portion of Brigadier-General Clingman'sm Stono, probably intended to operate against Savannah. Cannot some of my troops sent to General Jod sickness, and had been ordered to return to Savannah. The Ordnance Department in Richmond was aing the day. Brigadier-General Mercer, at Savannah, was informed that transports were reported m informed that Evans's brigade was ordered to Savannah from Mississippi. In a personal visit paid[14 more...]
t's journal. important letters and instructions of General Beauregard. President Davis visits Savannah and Charleston. cordial reception tendered him in Charleston.-his address. his omission to mea., Charleston, S. C., Oct. 28th, 1863. Major-General J. F. Gilmer, Second in Command, etc., Savannah, Ga.: General,—On examination I find that General Mercer has now thirty-four companies in his tment, and the chances for operations, or the risk of any serious movement for the reduction of Savannah, at least without some notice. Accordingly, Company E, 12th Battalion Georgia Volunteers, has ither from Gordon's or Olmstead's regiment, and ordered here, without material risk of exposing Savannah to fall by a coup de main. Respectfully, your obedient servant, Thomas Jordan, Chief of Stagest Longstreet's assault on Knoxville. While returning to Richmond he stopped a day or two in Savannah and Charleston, and made it a point to inspect some of their defensive works and the gallant tr
n or that of the country lying between it and Savannah? The Commanding General cannot hesitate in t as Richmond, Weldon, Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah, Mobile, and Meridian—or Jackson, Mississippiwer—that I could not defend with success here Savannah and the railroad without additional troops. lieved to be the point threatened, instead of Savannah. I am happy to hear, though, that the Yankeewith infantry to be drawn from Charleston and Savannah, but requested, in consequence of the very reeir places and avoid danger to Charleston and Savannah. Scarcely had Colquitt's brigade begun to moe of war from the works around Charleston and Savannah, and the positions covering the Savannah Raishow of force against Whitemarsh Island, near Savannah, and it became a measure of proper precaution to halt at Savannah two of the regiments on the way to General Finegan, for the development of the th, 1864. Major-Genl. J. F. Gilmer, Comdg. Savannah, Ga.: My dear General,—Your favor of the 8th[5 more...
er, though he had ever been a gallant and resolute subordinate officer. General Beauregard, therefore, expressed his solicitude as to the execution of the operation. Among other objections he urged the lack of time in which to prepare a new base of operations, either at Tuscumbia—near which the Memphis and Charleston Railroad was said to be in good condition— or at some point on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, north of Corinth, should our army be forced to cross the Tennessee, at Clifton or Savannah, to escape pursuit by. Sherman with greatly superior forces. General Hood argued that the two roads were in fair condition, and, if necessary, could be materially improved before he was likely to have need of them; that he would find ample supplies in Middle Tennessee, and, besides, would get those of the enemy. He said he would take his pontoon-train with him, and thus be enabled to cross the Tennessee at any point he thought advantageous, should he be compelled to retire his forces; a
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