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do all in his power towards accomplishing what the President desired. It was so agreed. Mr. Davis left that evening for Richmond, and the next morning (October 4th) General Beauregard began his prearranged journey, arriving the same day at Milledgeville, where he was most kindly received by Governor Brown. The latter granted all that was asked of him, and offered General Beauregard his most cordial support. A few days afterwards, the following telegram was forwarded from Opelika, Ala., to ika, Ala., Oct. 7th, 1864. To President Davis, Richmond: I have arranged, satisfactorily, matters between Governor Brown and General Cobb relating to exempts and State militia. Am now en route for Hood's front. G. T. Beauregard. From Milledgeville, General Beauregard had to travel via Macon, Columbus, Opelika, and Newnan, to get to General Hood's headquarters, as the latter had already left Palmetto to operate against the railroad from Atlanta to Marietta. The Opelika and Atlanta Rail
ve for further operations. Until Hood reaches the country proper of the enemy he can scarcely change the plans for Sherman's or Grant's campaigns. They would, I think, regard the occupation of Tennessee and Kentucky as of minor importance. Jefferson Davis. This letter reached General Beauregard on or about the 4th of December, on his way from Macon to Augusta, where He arrived on the 6th of December, at 6 P. M., after an uninterrupted and fatiguing journey, from Montgomery, Macon, Milledgeville, Sparta, and Mayfield. He had thus retraced his steps and abandoned his intention of visiting Mobile, then seriously threatened, because of the reception, on December 2d, of a despatch from Richmond extending his Department to the Atlantic coast. It will be seen by the foregoing communication from the President that, far from disapproving General Hood's tardy and persistent effort to march into Tennessee and Kentucky, he was of opinion that nothing effective could be accomplished unt
d be removed; and if any be in the city at the time of its evacuation, it must be destroyed. As already instructed, you should organize all your troops for the field, collecting sufficient transportation, ammunition, and provisions for an active campaign. You must have depots of provisions and forage at several points in the interior of the State. Columbia would be a very suitable point; Florence also, if you expect to move in the direction of North Carolina. Augusta, Mayfield, and Milledgeville must be depots for future operations. Your defensive lines from the Savannah River would be as already explained to you: 1st. The Combahee and Salkehatchie to Barnwell Court-house, thence to the Savannah River. 2d. The Ashepoo and Salkehatchie to Barnwell Court-house, thence to Savannah River. 3d. Edisto to Branchville, thence across towards Barnwell Court-house. 4th. Edisto and Caw-caw Swamp, or Rantool Creek. 5th. Edisto and Ashley. Wheeler's cavalry must prot
ss. It was not, just then, an easy matter to reach that point; for the railroad between Augusta and Montgomery had been destroyed, and a circuitous route, via Milledgeville and Macon, was the only one left; this unavoidably prolonged the journey and delayed General Beauregard in his effort to join General Hood's army. At Augusta, on his way to Milledgeville, he received President Davis's despatch of January 2d, authorizing him to give the command of the Army of Tennessee to Lieutenant-General Taylor, should circumstances justify him in so doing. See telegram of Mr. Davis, in Appendix. This relieved General Beauregard of much anxiety for the moment. f the remnant of General Hood's army. It was then that he called the attention of the War Department to the necessity of speedily finishing the railroad from Milledgeville to Mayfield, and asked authority to assign Major Hottle, A. Q. M., to that important work, which he deemed essential to further military operations. But Gener
nforming him that Sherman's forces had neared Sandersville [about twenty-five miles east of Milledgeville, in the direction of Savannah], and were marching, you think, on Savannah, was received by hre, extending your command to seaboard. Arrangements made for you to go either by Albany or Milledgeville, as you may desire. Howell Cobb, Major-Genl. Telegram. Columbia, Tenn., Nov. 28encing at Augusta and running along the Georgia Railroad to Warrenton, thence via Sparta and Milledgeville, following the line of the railroad to the Ocmulgee River, but not including Macon; down therning, I desire the movement of Lee's corps from here to Augusta, via Montgomery, Macon, and Milledgeville, should commence as soon as practicable. The troops should leave here with at least twenty t.-Genl. Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 29th, 1865. Gov. Jos. E. Brown, Gov. of Georgia, Milledgeville, Ga.: General Beauregard desires that you will use the militia of your State and all other