with any force now at my disposition could only result in an early fate like that of Fort Donelson, and the loss of the Mississippi Valley, as a necessary consequence. Unfit physically to visit Columbus, I requested General Polk and Governor Harris to meet me here. They did so; meantime, your reply to my telegraphic despatch, touching the further occupation of Columbus, had been received. Arrangements were made for the prompt defence of Island No.10, a position naturally of great strength, and New Madrid, for the early evacuation of the position at Columbus, and removal of the large stores of supplies and munitions now there, in such a way as to avoid publicity. These new lines can be made of great strength with a garrison of about five thousand men, thus leaving free my main force, for manoeuvre and defensive active operations against the enemy, as he shall penetrate the country by the avenues now unfortunately in his possession. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. T. Beauregard, Genl. C. S. A.
Appendix to Chapter XVII.
General Polk, two for General Bragg, and one for cavalry. Please order them to report forthwith. New levies will soon be in the field.
Mackall as major-general, and three brigadier-generals recommended by me. Colonel Ransom to command cavalry. Organization here much needed.
Jackson, Tenn., March 6th, 1862.Dear General,—I received through Colonel Olivier your letter of the 4th instant, enclosing report of the gallant repulse of the enemy's troops and gunboats at Pittsburg, by a part of Colonel Mouton's regiment, the 18th Louisiana. You will please express to him my thanks, at this brilliant success on his first encounter with the enemy. I hope it is only the forerunner of still more gallant deeds on the part of his regiment. Being still unwell, I have requested General Bragg to furnish you with all necessary instructions. I remain, yours very truly,
Bragg recommends Ruggles and Sam. Jones for major-generals; Colonels Slaughter, Villepigue, and Shepard for brigadiers.