eral, very respectfully, your obdt.
servt., John M. Otey, A. A. G.
Headquarters, Military division of the West, Charleston, S. C., Dec. 29th, 1864. Lieut.-General J. W. Hardee, Comdg. Dept. S. C., Ga., and Fla.:
The lines in Christ Church require the special attention of your Engineer and the Commander of the Second S. T. Beauregard:
Your despatch of this day received, also copy of that to General Cooper, in relation to assignment of General Bragg.
You will leave with General Hardee orders and instructions in regard to the Department east of Augusta, and will resume the command of the District west of Augusta, as heretofore defined.
The change will be more formally announced from the Adjutant-General's office. Jefferson Davis.
Before taking leave of General Hardee, and of Charleston, where he had ever met with so much sympathy and encouragement, General Beauregard, in a last letter, thus expressed his views as to what should be done after his departure: