at once telegraphed, ‘return them forthwith.’
But Commodore Davis
, of the United States navy, peremptorily refused to take them back.
They were then cared for by General Villepigue
, and placed, with great difficulty, in separate quarters, under the intelligent and devoted supervision of Doctor C. H. Tebault
, of Louisiana
, then a surgeon in the Confederate army.
He wrote an interesting paper on the subject, detailing all its circumstances; but this document, to our regret, is not in our possession.
Foreseeing the necessity of withdrawing his forces from Corinth
, and having, in fact, resolved to adopt that course within a short time, General Beauregard
began to prepare General Villepigue
for the event; not that Fort Pillow
was then in any immediate danger, for the enemy had no land forces to spare for operations against it, but because a retrograde movement from Corinth
necessarily involved the evacuation of the fort.
He, therefore, on the 25th, telegraphed to General Villepigue
that ‘whenever the place, in his judgment, should become untenable, he must destroy the works and armaments, and evacuate it, as already instructed; repairing to Grenada
, by the shortest route, for the protection of the depot; giving timely notice of the same to Fort Randolph
and to Memphis
Three days afterwards, and when the precise moment of the retreat from Corinth
had been decided upon (as will be, hereafter, more fully developed), General Beauregard
forwarded the following instructions to General Villepigue