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[423] relative to the condition of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, was received two days since. For the information I thank you, also for the valuable suggestions offered. I have written the members of the Board on the subject, and urged their immediate attention to the whole matter. I am aware of its importance, but am compelled to leave all such matters (military) to those who have a knowledge of them. I only regret, with all of our friends, that you could not accept the post tendered you, Colonel of Artillery and Chief of Engineers. With the highest regards, your obedient servant, In haste.

New Orleans, Feb. 19th, 1861.
Dear Sir,—Your favor of the 17th instant has just been received. I thank you for regretting that I could not accept the military position tendered me. Although not in service, I wish it distinctly understood that my professional knowledge and experience are at the command of my native State, even unto death, whenever required—but without military rank; not, however, through any jealousy of General Bragg's appointment, for I am happy to state that it is a most excellent choice; and I should have been very happy to serve with him or under his orders, in the defence of our rights and firesides, if I could have accepted the Colonel and Chief of Engineers and Artillery position tendered me.

I remain, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

To his Excellency, Gov. T. O. Moore, Baton Rouge, La.

Adjutant-General's office, Washington, Feb. 23d, 1861.
Sir—Your resignation has been accepted by the President of the United States, to take effect the 20th instant.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. D. Townsend, Asst. Adj.-Genl. To Bvt. Major P. G. T. Beauregard, Captain Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, La.

Telegram of L. P. Walker, Secretary of War, to Governor Pickens, of South Carolina.

War Department, C. S. A., Montgomery, March 1st, 1861.
Gov. F. W. Pickens, Charleston, S. C.:
Your letter to President received. This government assumes control of military operations at Charleston, and will make demand of the fort when fully advised. An officer goes to-night to take charge.

L. P. Walker, Sec. of War.

War Department, Montgomery, March 1st, 1861.
His Excellency F. W. Pickens, Governor, etc.:
Sir—Your letter of the 27th ultimo, addressed to the President, has been referred by him to this department. In controlling the military operations

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