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e and Orangeburg, and in the direction of Columbia, to cut the line of retreat of the garrison of Charleston, as above referred to, it becomes necessary to commence the evacuation as soon as the necessary preparations can be made. The holding of Charleston is now reduced to only a question of a few days. Its loss does not jeopardize the safety of the State of South Carolina, but the loss of its garrison would greatly contribute to that end. G. T. Beauregard, General. That night (February 14th) General Beauregard ordered the track cleared again, and started on his return to Columbia. On arriving at Florence, at 7 A. M., on the 15th, he sent the following telegram to General Hardee: Order all roads and bridges repaired on the three routes designated. Horses impressed in and about Charleston must be used for remounting Young's cavalry. Impress, also, saddles and bridles, if necessary. G. T. Beauregard. On the same day, and from the same place, he telegraphed Gen