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or Charleston. he again Presses General E. K. Smith to forward his troops. the latter Considers the attempt impracticable. no steps taken to carry out the movement. General Beauregard arrives in Charleston. he visits Savannah on the 9th of December, and Consults with General Hardee as to the defence of the City. returns to Charleston. letter to President Davis. detailed orders to General Hardee. second visit to Savannah. General Sherman demands the surrender of the City on the 17th of December. his demand refused. preparations for evacuation. General Beauregard's confidential circular. he goes to Pocotaligo. Sends memorandum of orders to General Hardee. successful evacuation of Savannah. want of transportation for troops. General Beauregard in Charleston on the 22d of December. Prepares new defensive lines. his presence required by General Hood. he applies to be relieved of the command of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. request granted. his last letter to G
ecember, General Thomas, having collected all his available troops at Nashville, while General Hood had, unfortunately, divided his own, He had sent General Forrest and some infantry towards Murfreesboroa, to watch or capture a small force of Federals. commenced his attack, which was, at first, handsomely repulsed. It was renewed the next day with great vigor, when, at about 3.30 P. M., a portion of our line, to the left of the centre, suddenly gave way, General Hood's telegram of December 17th. See Appendix. creating no small confusion among the Confederates, and resulting in the loss of fifty pieces In his book (Advance and Retreat, p. 303) General Hood says fiftyfour pieces. of artillery, with other materials of war, and a hasty retreat—by many termed a rout—to the south side of Duck River. It was there that S. D. Lee's gallant corps protected the retreating Confederate columns until Franklin was reached, There it was that General S. D. Lee was severely wounded in t