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r from Messrs. Pullian and Patten, has been received. I have ordered a light battery to report at once to Colonel Williams, at Greenville, S. C. I regret as much as you do my inability to send mounted troops for the defence of that part of the State. It is not prudent to withdraw, at this critical moment, from my already too small forces a regiment of old troops from the defence of Charleston. So soon as it can be done with safety I will gladly send all the assistance in my power to Governor Vance. I remain, very respectfully, your obdt. servt., G. T. Beauregard, Genl. Comdg. Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Nov. 4th, 1863. Brig.-Genl. R. S. Ripley, Comdg. First Mil. Dist., etc., etc.: General,—Enclosed is a telegram This telegram, like many others from the same source, proved to be erroneous. received from Major Norris, Chief of Signal Corps, Richmond. The Commanding General wishes you to make all necessary arrangements for the co
ir movements and line of march, and advising necessary measures for the removal of rations at Chesterville. He also forwarded the following message to General Lee: White Oak, Feb. 19th, 1865. General R. E. Lee, Richmond, Va.: General,—After close examination and exerting every means in my power, I find it impossible for the troops now in Charleston to form a junction with me this side of Greensboroa (North Carolina). Believing it best, from the information just received from Governor Vance and General Bragg, to transport the troops by rail to that point, I have directed General McLaws to move them by rail as rapidly as possible. I am also of the opinion that Cheatham, at Newberry, this morning, with two thousand men, and Stewart, eighteen hours behind him, with twelve hundred, cannot form a junction with me except by moving across, via Statesburg and Manchester, and thence, by rail, to Greensboroa. This movement will require some days, owing to the difficulties of crossi
ril), after his interview with General Beauregard, sent three telegrams to General Johnston, by way of Raleigh; one to General Walker, at Danville; and one to Governor Vance, also at Raleigh. They fully indicate the state of Mr. Davis's mind at the time, and need no commentary: 1. Greensboroa, N. C., April 11th, 1865: 12 al Beauregard, on whose information the supposed necessity for your immediate action is based. Jeffn. Davis. 5. Greensboroa, N. C., April 11th, 1865. Governor Z. B. Vance, Raleigh, N. C.: I have no official report, but scouts, said to be reliable, and whose statements were circumstantial and corroborative, represent the dn the field, and thus enable us to go on with the struggle. These were very much the same views that he had previously expressed to General Beauregard and to Governor Vance, and which were also embodied in his proclamation of April 5th. Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, vol. II., p. 677. Generals Johnston and Beaureg
everything. Have not yet assumed command. Please send me a pocket-map of North Carolina. I have large ones. With Governor Vance's consent, will send slaves captured at Plymouth to Wilmington, to work on fortifications. G. T. Beauregard. Telewith due proportion of artillery, by rail to Greensboroa, N. C., as rapidly as possible. Call upon General Bragg and Governor Vance for all the assistance in their power. Not a moment must be lost in executing this order. Leave your cavalry to proCarolina to comply promptly with this request. I am satisfied they could render no greater service to their country. Z. B. Vance, Governor of North Carolina. Headquarters, Military division of the West, in field, Charlotte, N. C., Feb. 2arch of Hardee's troops on this place from Cheraw was changed to railroad via Wilmington and Raleigh, on assurance of Governor Vance and General Bragg that the troops could reach here much sooner. The fall of Wilmington, however, caused the order to