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[364] New Madrid would have been abandoned; for twice, already, had General Halleck been on the point of recalling his expedition.

Far as he was from the scene of action, General Beauregard's telegrams and instructions to Generals Polk, Withers, Stewart, Rust, and Villepigue, to Captains Harris and Lynch, to Lieutenant Meriwether, and other officers of the engineer corps, show how extreme was his vigilance, and what minute precision marked his different orders.

We submit the following examples:1

1.

Jackson, Tenn., March 8th, 1862.
Captain M. Lynch, Corps Engineers, Fort Pillow:
Your traverses would do against field-guns, but not against heavy ones. Dismount every third gun when sufficient force arrives. Surmount present parapet in rifle-battery with sand-bags.


2.

Select shortest line; construct detached works first, then connect with cremaillere. Get all negroes possible. Reconnoitre opposite shore also.


3.

What does McCown mean by his doubt? Would it not be well to leave to his judgment when to execute the movement decided upon? Have you given orders to provision Fort Pillow for two or three months for five thousand men?


4.

Jackson, Tenn., March 21st, 1862.
Captain D. B. Harris, Engineers, Fort Pillow:
Look as soon as practicable to land defences of fort. Construct detached works first, then cremaillere. Total garrison about three thousand men; defensive lines must not be too extensive.


5.

Is water battery unserviceable from high water? If so, remove guns immediately to better position. Put all river batteries in immediate serviceable condition. How many negroes have you? If not enough, call on Captain Adams, Memphis, for more forthwith, also for tools. How are batteries off for ammunition? Look to this.

Thomas Jordan, Acting Adjutant-General.

1 Other telegrams of equal importance are given in the Appendix.

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