Colonels Charles Winder, 6th South Carolina Volunteers, A. P. Hill, 13th regiment Virginia Volunteers, Samuel Garland, 11th Virginia, John Pegram (late 2d Dragoons), and George H. Stewart, 1st Maryland, as brigade commanders, in the order mentioned, as they may be required. It is proper for me to say, that personally I am but slightly acquainted with these officers, and have been induced to present their names from the confidence they have inspired, as soldiers, in those who know them well. A certain number of engineer, or acting engineer, officers are also absolutely essential for the efficient defence of such a position as Columbus, as well as for any offensive operations from that point. I shall take Captain D. B. Harris, Engineer Virginia forces, with me, but hope, in addition, I may be allowed the assistance of Captain J. M. Wampler, 8th, and S. W. Presstman, 17th, Virginia regiments, and of Captain —— Fremeaux, 8th regiment Louisiana Volunteers, to be appointed as officers in the Provisional Engineer Corps. I am further desirous of having the assistance of Major G. W. Brent, 17th regiment Virginia Volunteers, to act as an Assistant Inspector-General to Lieutenant-Colonel Polignac, whose health is delicate. Major Brent has shown capacity for the important duties of the place, and has had experience that would make him valuable to me. A proper signal officer will be indispensable. The best I can do is to recommend, for appointment, ex-Lieutenant Cummins, Maryland Volunteers, now in Richmond, warmly recommended by Captain E. P. Alexander, Engineers, who has trained him for the duties. I trust competent ordnance and subsistence officers will be found already in place, as I have none to suggest; and it is needless for me to say how important that such duties shall be efficiently discharged. Colonel Jordan, my Adjutant-General, will give in person, to the War Department, any additional information that may be required in connection with an army of Volunteers in the field, based on nine months experience with this army. I have the honor to request that written instructions, for my guidance, may be sent me through Colonel Jordan, who will join me at Columbus without delay. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Headquarters Department of Northern Virginia, Jan. 30th, 1862.General Orders, No. 17. In obedience to orders received from the Secretary of War, assigning him to an important position in another department, General Beauregard is relieved from the duties of his present command. In losing the aid of this distinguished soldier, the commanding general cannot withhold the expression of his sense of the eminent services by which he has achieved so much for our country, our cause, and the renown of our arms. By command of General Johnston.
A. P. Mason, A. A. A.-Genl.