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the Bank of Columbus, Georgia, with the belief that they would there be perfectly safe. To General Beauregard's surprise, on the 11th of October the following telegram was forwarded to him from Richmond: Take possession of the coin of the Bank of Louisiana, in the hands of W. H. Young, President of the Bank of Columbus, Ga., and place it in the bands of John Boston, the depositary of the Government, at Savannah. A written order will be sent immediately, but don't wait for it. G. W. Randolph, Secy. of War. Without loss of time, though very reluctantly, General Beauregard sent an officer of his staff, Colonel A. G. Rice, Vol. A. D. C., to execute this disagreeable order. On the 14th, from Columbus, Colonel Rice telegraphed as follows: To Genl. T. Jordan, A. A. G.: Mr. Young, under instructions from Mr. Memminger, dated 9th of June, refuses to give up the coin. He has telegraphed to Richmond. No reply yet. A. G. Rice, A. D. C. Forcible possession, howeve
, and that through him Colonel Miles hoped to be able, erelong, to procure other 10-inch guns for Charleston. But the concluding part of the despatch spoke of Mr. Randolph's resignation, just sent in, and deplored it as a great loss to us, for he took deep interest in General Beauregard's efforts thoroughly to secure Charleston tructing the Appalachicola River below the batteries, with a view to avoiding complication with the State authorities. 13. The effects of the resignation of Mr. Randolph, as Secretary of War, were soon felt in Charleston, as will be seen by the following telegrams: Richmond, Nov. 25th, 1862. Genl. Beauregard: The two formed for the safety of Charleston and of the Confederate cause, it peremptorily declined to do so. The matter was brought before Mr. Seddon, the successor of Mr. Randolph as Secretary of War, but he would have nothing to do with it, because, as he said, the Ordnance regulations had to be obeyed and carried out. It was only when
end the assistance required as speedily as required. Answer by telegraph. G. W. Randolph, Secy. of War. Headquarters, Third Mil. Dist., S. C., McPhersonville, Ocnt, G. T. Beauregard, Genl. Comdg. Charleston, S. C., Oct. 3d, 1862. Hon. Geo. W. Randolph, Sec. of War, Richmond, Va.: Two regiments ordered to General Finegain them. It is not intended to deprive you of discretion in the matter. G. W. Randolph, Sec. of War. Charleston, S. C., Oct. 6th, 1862. Genl. H. W. Mercer, Comconsenting to receipt for it as the depositary of the Treasury Department. G. W. Randolph, Secy. of War. Richmond, Oct. 15th, 1862. Genl. G. T. Beauregard: Thee Government depositary at Augusta. You will dispose of it accordingly. George W. Randolph, Secy. of War. Augusta, Oct. 18th, 1862. Genl. Jordan, Chief of Staff:uthorized the casting of the 15-inch gun. Hope to get some more 10-inch soon. Randolph's resignation is a great loss to us. He took deep interest in your defences. W