l Beauregard's views and opinions upon the future operations of the enemy in Tennessee and farther South:
Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Dec. 25th, 1863. Major-Genl. W. H. C. Whiting, Comdg. Dept., Wilmington, N. C.:
My dear General,—A merry and lucky Christmas to you!
Your letter of the 23d instant has just been received.
I got a copy of the same telegram sent you; but I have been deceived every time that same scout, or some other coming from Baltimore, has furnished news of enemy's movements in my Department.
Hence I am very cautious to believe his reports now, although, of course, I make my preparations all around, so as not to be caught napping.
I sent, in return, pretty much your answer—that I could not defend with success here Savannah and the railroad without additional troops.
Defensive works are next to useless if not garrisoned properly.
I have therefore applied for the temporary return of Walker's brigade, which is now doin