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sent to the most available position on James Island. Respectfully, your obedient servant, Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff. 5. Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., July 10th, 1863. Major Hutson Lee, Chief Quartermaster, etc., etc.: Major,—A brigade (Clingman's) is to be sent here from Wilmington. Make every possible exertion to provide for its rapid transportation. Leave nothing undone in your power to accelerate the movement, both from Wilmington to Florence, and thence here. Time is incalculably precious. Respectfully, your obedient servant, Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff. 6. Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., July 11th, 1863. Brig.-General R. S. Ripley, Commanding First Military Dist., etc., etc.: General,—I am instructed to inform you of the expected arrival of ten companies from Savannah and one brigade from Wilmington, N. C., and to direct that the necessary arrangements shall be made for their
he country from Jackson's right to Atlanta. The portable pontoon-bridge which has been thrown across the Tennessee at Florence will move with the army, and will be replaced as soon as practicable by a permanent pontoon-bridge at the most suitable point for that object. Proper defensive works are now being constructed at Florence, by Lee's corps, for the protection of the bridge, and to secure the recrossing of the army, in the event of disaster. Various points along the river, from FlorFlorence down, are being examined for the purpose of selecting proper sites for batteries, and strengthened by torpedoes in the river, to prevent the passage of the enemy's gunboats and transports. Points below Eastport, where the army may recross in of march on the 9th instant, with fifteen days rations. Lee's corps is now on the north side of the river, in front of Florence, two divisions being encamped on Shoal Creek, six or seven miles from that town. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
n unprepared, the loss of public property would be incalculable. All the cotton in the city should 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. Edi
o and over our intrenchments. Our line, thus pierced, gave way; soon thereafter it broke at all points, and I beheld for the first and only time a Confederate army abandon the field in confusion. On the 24th and 25th of December, General Beauregard, who was still in Charleston, received telegrams from Colonel G-. W. Brent, his Chief of Staff, then at Montgomery, Ala., informing him that He had nothing official from Hood, but that, from a despatch received from General S. D. Lee, then at Florence, he was apprehensive that some reverse may have occurred. See the two telegrams referred to, in Appendices to the present and to the preceding chapter. Such information, vague in the main, but significant in more than one respect, caused great anxiety to General Beauregard; but He could not leave Charleston at that juncture, and was therefore compelled to await further tidings. A day or two later Colonel Brent again telegraphed as follows: Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 27th, 1864. To
eferred 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 General Lee as follows: I have arranged with General Hardee for the immediate evacuation of Charleston, and concentr
red from the want of persons (or pilots) to run the engines beyond Florence. An ample number of pilots should be at once trained or otherwiseOkolona to Cherokee, and of the dirt road from the latter point to Florence, and also by the absence of Major-General Forrest's command, this army moved forward from Florence. Major-General Cheatham's corps, taking the road leading towards Waynesboroa, and the other two corps movingt some reverse has taken place. General S. D. Lee telegraphs from Florence, December 23d: Will be in Okolona or Columbus in a few days, and w Beauregard, Charleston, S. C.: General S. D. Lee reports from Florence he will be at Okolona in a few days. States he would be glad to hrom Columbia received. On receipt of your despatch yesterday from Florence preparations been again pushed forward. The movement will begin te of danger they should be thoroughly destroyed. The prisoners at Florence should be sent forthwith to Fayetteville or Raleigh if not receive