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Doc. 90.-Beauregard's order respecting Bell-metal.


To the Planters of the Mississippi Valley.

headquarters army of the Mississippi, Jackson, Tenn., March 8, 1862.
more than once a people fighting with an enemy less ruthless than yours; for imperilled rights not more dear and sacred than yours; for homes and a land not more worthy of resolute and unconquerable men than yours; and for interests of far less magnitude than you have now at stake, have not hesitated to melt and mould into cannon the precious bells surmounting their houses of God, which had called generations to prayer. The priesthood have ever sanctioned and consecrated the conversion, in the hour of their nation's need, as one holy and acceptable in the sight of God.

We want cannon as greatly as any people who ever, as history tells you, melted their churchbells to supply them; and I, your general, entrusted with the command of the army embodied of your sons, your kinsmen and your neighbors, do now call on you to send your plantation-bells to the nearest railroad depot, subject to my order, to be melted into cannon for the defence of your plantations.

Who will not cheerfully and promptly send me his bells under such circumstances?

Be of good cheer; but time is precious.

G. T. Beauregard, General Commanding.


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An appeal for bells.

The ordnance bureau of the government appeals to the people for the use of all the bells they can spare, for the purpose of providing light artillery for the public defence.

The reason for, and the terms on which the appeal is based, are given below, and we invite the attention of all to it, suggesting at the same time to the press of the country that they may advance the cause by giving it a conspicuous place:

to the patriotic — the value of Church-bells.

The ordnance bureau of the confederate States solicits the use of such bells as can be spared during the war, for the purpose of providing light artillery for the public defence. While copper is abundant, the supply of tin is sufficient to convert the copper into bronze. Bells contain so much tin that two thousand four hundred pounds weight of bell — metal, mixed with the proper quantity of copper, will suffice for a field-battery of six pieces. Those who are willing to devote their bells to this patriotic purpose, will receive receipts for them, and the bells will be replaced, if required, at the close of the war, or they will be purchased at fair prices.

Bells may be directed as follows:

Richmond Arsenal, Richmond, Va., Capt. B. G. Baldwin.

Fayetteville Arsenal, Fayetteville, N. C., Capt. J. C. Booth.

Charleston Arsenal, Charleston, S. C., Capt. F. L. Childs.

Augusta Arsenal, Augusta, Ga., Lieut.-Col. W. G. Gill.

Mount Vernon Arsenal, Mount Vernon, Ala., Capt. J. L. White.

Columbus Depot, Columbus, Miss., Major W. R. Hunt.

Atlanta Depot, Atlanta, Ga., Lieutenant M. H. Wright.

Savannah Depot, Savannah, Ga., Capt. R. M. Cuyler.

Knoxville Depot, Knoxville, Ga., Lieut. P. M. McClung.

Baton Rouge Arsenal, Baton Rouge, La., F. C. Humphreys, military storekeeper.

Montgomery Depot, Montgomery, Ala., C. G. Wagner, military storekeeper.

The government will pay all charges to these places, and receipts will be promptly returned to the proper parties.

Persons and congregations placing their bells at the service of the government, are requested to send a statement of the fact, with a description and weight of the bell to the chief of the bureau of ordnance, at Richmond, for record in the war department.--Norfolk Day-Book, April 21.

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