, A. C. S., orders were given, on the 15th, to remove all quartermaster and subsistence stores, with the exception of fifty thousand rations, to some point on the Charlotte Railroad, in the direction of Chesterville
During the evening of the same day (15th) General Beauregard
received a telegram from General Hardee
, enclosing one from Mr. Davis
, showing that, even at that late hour, he was still hesitating concerning the evacuation of Charleston
As will be seen, the President
encouraged, and, in a great measure, was the direct cause of this blameworthy procrastination.
's telegram read thus:
's answer followed without delay.
It was in the following words:
The movement was accordingly ordered to begin, on the 16th, without further delay.1
Unfortunately, however, General Hardee
, who had been unwell for several days, was obliged, at this critical hour, to leave his post; and the command of his forces