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The enemy have failed so far in all attempts to cross the Combahee. Indications are that the 15th and 17th corps, now in Carolina, will cross Savannah and unite with the column moving towards Augusta.

W. J. Hardee, Lieut.-Genl.

General Beauregard desires that you will use the militia of your State and all other means to secure the return of all deserters and absentees to their commands.

The militia can be used profitably on this duty.

Geo. Wm. Brent, Col., and A. A. G.
The same despatch sent to Governor Charles Clark, of Mississippi.


Macon, Miss., Jan. 30th, 1865.
Col. G. W. Brent:
Am corresponding with General Taylor as to the means of carrying out the recommendations of General Beauregard about militia.

Chas. Clark, Gov. of Miss.


Hold Palmer's battalion in readiness to move on General D. H. Hill's order. General Beauregard desires that you will procure one hundred and fifty horses for the artillery now en route. If they cannot be had from Majors Smith and Wheeler's horse camp at Macon, they must be impressed. General Beauregard will reach Macon to-morrow.

Geo. Wm. Brent, Col., and A. A. G.


Sherman's movements render a victory necessary to us at once, and it will require all our means to insure it. I can resist a raid without Stewart's corps, and cannot fight a battle with it against an army; and French's division is very weak, but will enable me to fully garrison Mobile and Choctaw Bluff. The remainder of the corps should go east at once to insure success there. We can thus save Lee's communications, raise the siege of Mobile, should it be invested, or be prepared to meet Thomas when he advances in the spring. Last of Cheatham's corps, except furloughed men, will leave here on Wednesday. I find upon inquiry that his Tennessee division has been furloughed until tenth, and Brantley's and Sharp's brigades until twelfth, proximo. Will report further about artillery.

R. Taylor, Lieut.-Genl.

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