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declined to do; and thereupon General Beauregard was ordered by the Secretary of War to turn over the coin to Mr. T. S. Metcalf, Government depositary at Augusta, Georgia; which was done, Colonel Rice taking triplicate receipts, one for the Secretary of War, one for General Beauregard's files, and one for himself.
Thus was the property belonging to citizens of Louisiana, who were then despoiled by the enemy, in possession of their State, taken away from them by the Government of the Confederate States, from which they had a right to claim protection.
What became of that coin is, we believe, even to this day, a mystery.
It was, doubtless, spent for the benefit of the Confederacy; but how, and to what purpose—not having been regularly appropriated by Congress—has never been made known to the South, especially to the stockholders and depositors of the Bank of Louisiana.
That institution was utterly ruined by the seizure of its most valuable assets, thus arbitrarily taken from it. It
order to embrace South Carolina, Georgia, and that part of Florida east of the Appalachicola River.
The camps of instruction for conscripts, in the several States, are under special control of the Secretary of War. S. Cooper, A. & I. G.
This was not welcome news, for if it implied increase of territorial authority, it indicated no prospect of corresponding numerical strength in the Department.
General Beauregard answered in these terms:
Headquarters, Dept. S. C. And Ga., Charleston, S. C., Oct. 8th, 1862. General Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.:
General,—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt, this day, of your telegram of the 7th instant, communicating information of the extension of the limits of this Department to include all of the State of Georgia, and so much of Florida as is situated east of the Appalachicola River.
I beg to say that I trust this extension of the territory of the Department will be followed, at an early day, by a comm