Memphis, Feb. 19th, 1862.To General Beauregard: I have ordered out every man in the State who is, and can be, armed. I return to Nashville in the morning. Regret I cannot see you.
Richmond, Feb. 19th, 1862.To General Beauregard, Jackson, Tenn.: Your despatch to General Cooper received. Evacuation decided on. Select defensive position below. Look to safety of artillery and munitions. A fleet of boats should promptly be sent from Memphis, or other points, to aid the movement.
Murfreesboro, Feb. 21st, 1862.To General Beauregard: If not well enough to assume command, I hope that you, now having had time to study the field, will advise General Polk of your judgment as to the proper disposition of his army, in accordance with the views you entertain in your memorandum, unless you have changed your views. I can't order him, not knowing but what you have assumed command, and your orders conflict. For General Johnston,
W. W. Mackall, A. A. G.
Telegram forwarded to Governors Moore, of Louisiana, Shorter, of Alabama, Harris of Tennessee, and Pettus, of Mississippi.Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 21st, 1862.Answer. To General A. S. Johnston, Murfreesboro: I am not well enough to yet assume command. Will telegraph when I do so. Have communicated views to General Polk; he is preparing to execute them.
Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 21st, 1862.I shall despatch a messenger to you to-morrow morning, on important public business.
Headquarters army of the Mississippi, Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 21st, 1862.Sir,—The general commanding directs that you will proceed, without delay, to Montgomery, Alabama, via Atlanta, and deliver to Governor J. Gill Shorter the accompanying despatches, and thence to Mobile with despatches for General Bragg, returning to these headquarters as soon as practicable. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 23d, 1862.Dear General,—I was informed by General McCown that you desired his brigade to move down at once to Island No.10. I beg to remark it might be dangerous