ersburg and Richmond. G. T. Beauregard.
Headquarters, Department N. C. and so. Va., June 3d, 1864. Genl. Braxton Bragg, Comdg., etc., Richmond, Va.:
General,—That there may not be hereafter any possible misapprehension of the part I am called upon to act in the momentous events which are transpiring, and which I cannot but watch with the most intense interest and solicitude, I send you herewith copies of the telegrams which have been exchanged between General Lee and myself since the 1st inst., at 4 P. M.
You will not doubt of my readiness and anxiety to co-operate with General Lee in any manner that may be deemed most conducive towards the crushing of the foe in his front.
I shall be found ready and willing, at all times, to obey any orders the War Department may judge fit and proper to give on the subject; but I cannot, under existing circumstances, advise the withdrawal of more troops from this vicinity.
Already thirteen thousand out of twenty thousand infantry have been
's willingness to respond to the emergency, had, however, authorized the call upon him.
Mr. Seddon's telegram to General Beauregard read: Your telegram of the 2d inst. is referred to me for answer.
If General E. K. Smith can now act as you suggest, it would be well he should do so. You are authorized so to inform him, and to rn:
Headquarters, Military division of the West, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 13th, 1864. To General E. Kirby Smith, Comdg. Trans-Miss. Dept.:
General,—On the 2d inst. General Beauregard transmitted to you, by his aide-de-camp, Captain Toutant, a letter requesting that you would, without delay, send to the support of General Hos now absent, and I am in receipt of a telegram from the Hon. Secretary of War directing General Beauregard to order the movement indicated in the letter of the 2d instant.
In the absence of the General I transmit you a copy of the said letter, and request a speedy compliance with it. Your prompt attention and action are not on