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