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. Eason & Brother in rifling and banding 32-pounder and 42-pounder guns, but that by working at night and on Sunday, and distributing the work between Eason and Cameron, I hope to be able to finish one gun per week. I should state that it is only lately that Cameron & Co. have procured a lathe large enough to hold a 32-pounder. I therefore determined that the former should direct those important alterations, on which might depend the safety of this harbor and city. On or about the 23d instant Major Childs called on me to express his objection to Order No. 229, stating that the Ordnance Department would not pay for work done at the founderies of this city not ordered by him. I then remarked that in that event I would procure the money from other sources, intending in that case to call on the City or State authorities to pay for the rifling and banding of the guns intended specially for the defence of this harbor. On the 26th instant General Ripley again sent the same requisi
e of success, he assigned Lieutenant-Colonel Yates to the command of another expedition against Federal steamers which were attempting to do in Winyaw Bay what the Isaac Smith had previously done in the Stono. General Beauregard was also very anxious to try there the merit of Captain Lee's torpedo-boats, which he was having prepared for that purpose. The more threatening the movements of the enemy appeared, the more active were General Beauregard's preparations to meet his attack. On the 23d he instructed the Commander of the First Military District, first, to confer with Commodore Ingraham in relation to a proposed night-attack on the monitors by the small boat flotilla, now thoroughly manned and ready for effective work; second, to get a sufficient supply of wood and coal for the steamer Stono, should she be returned to the land-forces by the Navy Department; third, vigilantly to guard the New Bridge across the Ashley against accidental or intentional destruction by fire. On
l. D. B. Harris, Chief-Engineer, etc., etc.: Colonel,—I am instructed to say in this way what has already been communicated to you verbally by the Commanding General—that he approves of every measure practicable to give Fort Sumter means for contributing to the general defence of the entrance of the harbor; and, therefore, he desires certain casemates in northeast face, which Major-General Gilmer Promoted, about the 15th of September, 1863. has designated in his communication of the 23d instant, to be put in condition to receive two 10-inch columbiads, one 42-pounder, and one 32-pounder, rifled and banded; these pieces to be thoroughly protected from a rear and vertical fire of the enemy's batteries. Respectfully, your obdt. servt., Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff. Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Sept. 29th, 1863. Brig.-Genl. R. S. Ripley, Comdg. First Mil. Dist., etc., etc.: General,—The Commanding General instructs me to inquire whethe<
farther South: Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Dec. 25th, 1863. Major-Genl. W. H. C. Whiting, Comdg. Dept., Wilmington, N. C.: My dear General,—A merry and lucky Christmas to you! Your letter of the 23d instant has just been received. I got a copy of the same telegram sent you; but I have been deceived every time that same scout, or some other coming from Baltimore, has furnished news of enemy's movements in my Department. Hence I am very cautious e in confusion, with vigor, making as great use of his own artillery and cavalry as possible. Look well to your means of transportation and commissary supplies. Respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, Genl. Comdg. On the 23d, from Charleston, he telegraphed as follows to the War Department: Have returned here to make best disposition practicable incident to the departure of the cavalry ordered to Virginia. It has become more urgent than ever to have an effic
avis.> General Beauregard reached Weldon, North Carolina, on the 22d of April, 1864; but, contrary to the assurances given him by the War Department, found no orders awaiting him there. He immediately called General Bragg's attention to the fact, and the next day was officially assigned to the command of what was called the Department of North Carolina and Cape Fear, including Virginia south of the James and Appomattox, and all that portion of North Carolina east of the mountains. On the 23d he assumed command of his new Department, which he henceforth designated as the Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia, and applied for those officers of his former staff whose services he deemed indispensable. While at Weldon, watching and aiding certain operations specially ordered by the War Department against Plymouth and Newbern, but of which he did not approve, he carefully studied on the maps then in his possession the field around Petersburg, between that city and the J
had been but little used, and meantime it had been greatly injured by both armies. On the 22d General Beauregard instructed Lieut.-General Taylor to order General Forrest's division and Roddy's brigade of cavalry to report to General Hood, between Guntersville and Decatur. See letter to General Taylor, in Appendix. Forrest was then about Jackson, Tenn., and Roddy at or about Tuscaloosa, guarding the Tennessee River from Eastport, on the left, to the eastward beyond Guntersville. On the 23d he addressed a communication to Lieut.-General Taylor, relative to the new change of base to Tuscumbia, and what he desired him to do in that connection. Ibid. Having now completed all his orders and instructions, General Beauregard, on the 24th, started to rejoin General Hood's army, which he supposed to be then crossing the Tennessee River, at or near Guntersville. On his way thither he stopped at the home of the young heroine Miss Emma Sanson, who within that year had intrepidly pi
hould suggest. Other duties, more pressing at the time, had prevented compliance with the request, which, however, had not been overlooked or forgotten. General Beauregard reached Mobile on the 21st of January, and remained there four days. He visited every work around the city, and gave minute instructions for its protection, as well as that of the various harbor approaches. To Major-General M. L. Smith, Chief-Engineer, who was not with him during this inspection, he telegraphed, on the 23d, as follows: City land defences, next to lower bay, where enemy will probably attack, are still unfinished. System of barbette guns adopted for land batteries is the worst possible. Their fire will be silenced by enemy's sharp-shooters as soon as they get within range. On the 25th General Beauregard was on the road to Augusta, where he was anxiously awaited. From Tensaw Landing, Ala., he forwarded the following telegram to General Hardee: I suggest the immediate preparation of
and to the fact of his having gone to Charlotte, without waiting for the conclusion of the conference. Five days had elapsed since its termination, and still nothing was heard from President Davis. General Johnston had gone back to Greensboroa, and there had published General Orders No. 14, for a suspension of arms pending negotiations between the two Governments. A like order had also been issued by General Sherman. Unable to account for such procrastination, General Johnston, on the 23d, forwarded the following telegram to General Breckinridge: General Sherman writes that he expects the return of his officer from Washington to-morrow. To this no answer came, but the result was that General Breckinridge saw the President, and also addressed him the following strong and urgent letter: Charlotte, N. C., April 23d, 1865. To his Excellency the President: Sir,—In obedience to your request I have the honor to submit my advice on the course you should take upon the
double-stack, side-wheel steamer is sunk in St. John's River, opposite mouth Doctois Lake, fifteen miles above Jacksonville (Florida), supposed to be Maple Leaf, which exploded a torpedo at four (4) h. A. M. Torpedoes were laid by Captain E. Pliny Bryan, sent for that purpose from here. G. T. Beauregard. Telegram. Charleston, S. C., April 9th, 1864:11 h. A. M. Genl. Saml. Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: I must ask immediate attention of Department to my telegram of the 23d ultimo. My health requires I should apply for a leave, dependent, however, on operations of enemy; but I cannot make application without a competent majorgeneral to replace me here. G. T. Beauregard. Telegram. Charleston, S. C., April 14th, 1864. Genl. Braxton Bragg, Commander-in-chief, Richmond, Va.: Am ready to obey any order for the good of the service. I believe Burnside's expedition is intended to cut off supplies from the South to Richmond and Lee's army. He will no doubt move i