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The defense of Drewry's bluff. taken by permission from the North American review for March, 1887, and condensed. by G. T. Beauregard, General, C. S. A. On the 23d of April, 1864, at Weldon, N. C., I assumed command of the Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia. It included Virginia, south of the James and Appomattox, and all that portion of North Carolina east of the mountains. General Beauregard was succeeded in command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (April 19th, 1864) by Major-General Samuel Jones.--editors. The War Department was closely engaged at that time with certain operations against Plymouth and New Berne, from which great results were expected at Richmond, but about which the enemy was not much concerned, as the main object of his campaign could in no wise be affected or seriously disturbed by such a diversion. I did not consider this move judicious on the part of the Government, because, irrespective of other conside