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
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