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s that Governor Pickens had written to the War Department, demanding the immediate removal of General Pemberton.
He had also telegraphed to General Beauregard, requesting him to come again to fight our batteries.
His despatch ended thus: We must now defend Charleston.
Please come, as the President is willing—at least for the present.
And, as has been already shown, General Beauregard, believing that such a transfer would take him permanently from Department No. 2 and his army at Tupelo, declined to accept Governor Pickens's proposal.
Governor Pickens's despatch, here alluded to, and General Beauregard's answer, were given in the Appendix to the preceding chapter.
In writing upon this phase of the war we are met by two serious obstacles: first, the necessity of condensing into a few chapters a narrative of events which of itself would furnish material for a separate work; second, the loss of most of General Beauregard's official papers, from September, 1862, to April
ed, and ready, if required, to repel any assault made upon the works.
On Morris Island, south of Sumter, an important position, a small open battery was commencedthat quarter, though the danger of such an occurrence was much less than on Morris Island, in front of which was a good roadstead, where the Federal fleet lay till the end of the war.
See General Beauregard's report of the defence of Morris Island in July, August, and September, 1863.
In his first conference with General partment about the middle of August, 1863, shortly before the evacuation of Morris Island, which occurred on the 7th of September.
At that time the works in South Cd never break, consisted in the magnificent works on James, Sullivan's, and Morris Islands, and in different parts of the Charleston Harbor, and in the city proper—alLight Art'y or Field-w'ks.Cavalry.Total.
r importance in the eyes of their subordinates.
He prepared a series of questions, which were officially submitted to them, and thoroughly discussed at his headquarters.
The conclusions arrived at were as follows:
in the Office of the General Commanding the Department, Charleston, Sept. 29th, 1862.
At a conference to which General Beauregard had invited the following officers; Com. D. N. Ingraham and Capt. J. R. Tucker, C. S. N., Brigadier-Gen'ls S. R. Gist and Thos. Jordan, Cols. G. W. Lay, Inspector-Genl., and A. J. Gonzales, Chief of Artillery, and Capt. F. D. Lee, Engrs., Capt. W. H. Echols, Chief Engineer, being absent from the city:
Commanding proposed for discussion a number of queries, prepared by himself, in relation to the problem of the defence of the Harbor, Forts, and City of Charleston, against the impending naval attacks by a formidable ironclad fleet.
It was agreed to separate the consideration of these questions, so as to discuss—