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dicated no prospect of corresponding numerical strength in the Department. General Beauregard answered in these terms: Headquarters, Dept. S. C. And Ga., Charleston, S. C., Oct. 8th, 1862. General Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: General,—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt, this day, of your telegram of the 7th instant, communicating information of the extension of the limits of this Department to include all of the State of Georgia, and so much of Floridits construction; but that, should the Navy Department take the matter in hand, the result would be better and sooner attained. If successful in Charleston harbor, General Beauregard thought similar rams could be built for the Mississippi and James rivers, and for Port Royal and Savannah. This point he strongly pressed upon the consideration of the War Department, and earnestly recommended Captain Lee for his zeal, energy, and capacity as a practical engineer. Full and comprehensive orders
rs, Department of S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Nov. 27th, 1862. Genl. Sam. Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: General—About the 20th inst., having ascertained that a sufficient number of guns of the heaviest calibre could ne slowness of Major Childs's work at the Charleston Arsenal: Charleston, Dec. 10th, 1862. Genl. Samuel Cooper, Richmond, Va.: Guns are now being rifled and banded here, under my orders, at the rate of one per two and a half days, instead o him to reinforce neighboring commands. Such was the case, however, as will appear by the following telegram: Richmond, Va., Dec. 13th, 1862. General Beauregard: General Lee has just telegraphed to General Smith General G. W. Smith, thfollowing despatch was forwarded to the War Department: Charleston, S. C., Dec. 15th, 1862. General S. Cooper, Richmond, Va.: I am sending five thousand infantry and three batteries to Wilmington, to be returned as soon as practicable. Al
king fleet. The following communication, forwarded, six months later, by General Beauregard to General Cooper, relative to the reasons alleged at; Washington for the failure of this grand expedition against Charleston, confirms the foregoing statement. The reader will, no doubt, read it with interest, as a part of the history of this period of the war: Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Oct. 15th, 1863. General Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: General,—In a published circular (No. 39) of the State Department at Washington, signed by Mr. William H. Seward, and addressed to the diplomatic agents of this Government abroad, I notice a statement relative to the defeat of the enemy's ironclad fleet in the attack on Fort Sumter, on the 7th of April last, so contrary to the facts of the case, that I feel called upon, as Commander of this Military Department, most emphatically to deny the truth of that version, which is as follows:
lso applied for assistance, to guard against an attack which he thought was then threatening him, via Newbern—assistance which, under the circumstances, it was necessary to deny him. We here give General Beauregard's letter. It presented the matter in so strong a light, that the War Department refrained from issuing any order to carry out its first intention: Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., June 15th, 1863. General Samuel Cooper, A. and I. Genl., Richmond, Va.: General,—Your letter of the 10th was duly received and partially answered by my telegram of the 13th instant. It is now my place to reply by mail at some length. I am advised in the letter in question that Northern papers report the reduction of Hunter's forces by sending troops to the Gulf —in which event I am instructed to proceed to Mobile, with such force as I can properly withdraw from my defensive line, to resist an attack, if one should be designed on that place; but if t<
No pen could more truthfully describe the momentous incidents of that part of the siege of Charleston, and no authority could be of greater weight, in the eyes of the public, than General Beauregard's. All the more will this be the case, inasmuch as not one of his main averments will fail to be substantiated by undeniable proof: Headquarters, Department of N. C. And So. Va., in the field, near Petersburg, Va., September 18th, 1864. To General Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: General,—I have the honor to enclose herewith my report of operations on Morris Island, S. C., during the months of July, August, and September, 1863, which was commenced soon after the events referred to, but could not be finished, revised, and corrected until the present moment. The report has been made more in detail than otherwise would have been done in order to refute certain charges contained in a letter of the lion. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War, of August, 1863, to t
n. There are now only one hundred and twenty-eight. Finally, the General directs me to say that there is too much powder at Fort Ripley. The surplus will be removed to Castle Pinckney, if required there for its three guns, one of which will be added to its present arrangement. Very respectfully, your obdt. servt., Clifton H. Smith, Asst. Adjt.-Genl. Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Sept. 30th, 1863. General Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-General, Richmond, Va.: General,—The published report of Brigadier-General Gillmore, of the 7th instant, to his government, relative to his acquisition of Batteries Wagner and Gregg, contains several errors, which I feel called upon to correct. 1st. Seventy-five men were not taken on Morris Island, for only two boats' crews—about 19 men and 27 sailors, or about 46 men in all—were captured by the enemy's armed barges between Cummings's Point and Fort Sumter. 2d. Colonel Keitt's captured despatches coul<
nd relief from the incessant routine of duty which, on a former occasion, had produced the most beneficial effect upon him. His despatch read as follows: Charleston, S. C., April 9th, 1864. General Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: * * * My health requires I should apply for a leave, dependent, however, on operations of enemy. But I cannot make application without a competent major-general. G. T. Beauregard. The next day he wrote as follows to General Gilmer: s received during the night of the 13th, inquiring if his health would permit him to come and assist General Lee in the defence of Richmond. His answer was: Charleston, S. C., April 14th, 1864. Genl. Braxton Bragg, Commander-in-Chief, Richmond, Va.: Am ready to obey any order for the good of the service. * * * G. T. Beauregard. The order was therefore issued. It was as follows: Richmond, April 15th, 1864. General G. T. Beauregard: Repair with least delay practicable to We
fore, answered evasively, as follows: 1. Richmond, Va., April 25th, 1864. General Beauregard: Report: Headquarters armies Confederate States, Richmond, Va., April 28th, 1864. General G. T. Beauregard, Weltersburg, May 11th, 1864. General Braxton Bragg, Richmond, Va.: My forces are being united as soon as practirike Butler's right rear, press him back upon the James River above Drury's Bluff, and force him to surrender by the river road, his right flank, now resting on James River, while his centre and left flank are kept engagedng telegram forwarded to him on that day: Richmond, Va., May 14th, 1864. To General Beauregard: Your e all that portion of Virginia lying south of the James River, including Drury's Bluff and its defences. Order 1864. His Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.: Sir,—Upon further inquiry as to the shortesttter written by him to General Beauregard, dated Richmond, Va., January, 2d, 1882: The whole of General Loga
ss intends operating against Richmond along James River, probably on south side. Petersburg being eneral Braxton Bragg, Comdg. C. S. Armies, Richmond, Va.: General,—The present movements of Granpon his left flank, in the direction of the James River, with a view to operate between that river th, 1864:7.15 A. M. General Braxton Bragg, Richmond, Va.: Movement of Grant's across Chickahominl R. E. Lee, Clay's House On south side of James River. (also to Chester, Va.): The increasing f Grant's army. Cannot strip north bank of James River. Have you not force sufficient? R. E. Leeh, 1864:11.30 A. M. General Braxton Bragg, Richmond, Va.: Occupied last night my new lines withoorts large number of Grant's troops crossed James River, above Fort Powhatan, yesterday. If you ha Have no information of Grant's crossing James River, but upon your report have ordered troops unded movements. He established along the James River, below Fort Powhatan, a well-organized syst[3 more...]
of the trenches, and Colquitt's brigade, of Hoke's division, was temporarily transferred to my command in exchange for Gracie's brigade, and I was left to hold, with less forces, defences double the length, or more, of that which I had previously defended. Indeed, my understanding is, that my command was all the troops in our trenches when the mine was exploded, all of the rest of the army having been moved or held ready to meet any demonstration the enemy might make on the north of the James River. Elliott's salient was occupied by his own brigade, of Johnson's division, consisting of the 26th, 17th, 18th, 22d, and 23d South Carolina Volunteers, in the order given, the left of the 26th resting on the right of Ransom's brigade, Colonel F. W. McMaster's statement. See Appendix. near the intersection of the lines with the Norfolk Railroad. Wise's brigade followed on the right of Elliott and connected with Colquitt's brigade. General B. R. Johnson's statement. See Appendix.
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