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February 12th (search for this): chapter 26
on with forces from the Gulf. I have ordered two and a half additional regiments and one light battery to Florida to prevent loss of that State, but have much weakened thereby Savannah and railroad to that city. If one brigade could be sent here and another to Savannah, I would send immediately balance of Colquitt's troops to General Finegan. A prompt answer is desirable, as well as for two general officers I applied for few days since. G. T. Beauregard. Telegram. Charleston, S. C., Feb. 12th, 1864:11 A. M. Genl. Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: General Finegan's success yesterday was very creditable, enemy's force being much superior to his own; his reinforcements had not yet reached him, owing to delays on roads. Losses not yet reported. G. T. Beauregard. Charleston, S. C., May 18th, 1876. Mr. E. Willis: Dear Sir,—In answer to your request, and also that it will be a pleasure to do anything in my power for General Beauregard, to give my old gener
February 16th (search for this): chapter 26
Charlotte, N. C., Feb. 28th, 1865. Genl. B. Bragg, Rocky Point, near Wilmington, N. C.: As Fayetteville may be our future point of concentration, will you order all roads and bridges repaired forthwith to it from Warsaw, Smithfield, and Raleigh? G. T. Beauregard. Appendix to chapter XLVI. General Hampton's statement before United States Commissioner Brooks, in relation to the burning of Columbia. Being duly sworn, General Hampton said: On the night of the 16th of February he received a telegram from President Davis, announcing his promotion to the position of Lieutenant-General, and directing him to assume command of all the cavalry in South Carolina; General Beauregard was the Commander-in-chief. General Hampton's command consisted of Wheeler's corps of cavalry, and a division of cavalry under General M. C. Butler, amounting in all to about 4100 men, in and about Columbia, when Sherman advanced on the city with 75,000 men. The only attempt to check the
February 17th (search for this): chapter 26
ut 9 A. M. when General Hampton had the conversation with the Mayor in the vicinity of the cotton. There were no Confederate troops in Columbia when the Federal army entered. General Hampton was the last officer in the town, and he left just prior to the entry of the Federal army. He states positively that up to that time there were no fires in progress in Columbia. When asked what orders were given in reference to the disposition of the cotton in Columbia, immediately prior to the 17th of February, General Hampton stated that an order had been issued by General Beauregard on the 14th to Major Allen J. Green, the post commander, to have the cotton moved out of the warehouses to a place where it could be burned, if it became necessary to do so, without endangering the town. Not having the transportation at his disposal, Major Green had placed it in the streets. On the night of the 16th, when General Hampton was assigned to duty at Columbia, he called General Beauregard's attentio
February 18th (search for this): chapter 26
s responsible for this. How so? I replied. Who ever heard, he said, of an evacuated city being left a depot of liquor for an army to occupy? I found one hundred and twenty casks of whiskey in one cellar. Your Governor, being a lawyer or a judge, refused to have it destroyed, as it was private property, and now my men have got drunk, and have got beyond my control, and this is the result. Extract from Mayor Goodwyn's testimony before the same Committee. * * * The same day (18th of February) General Sherman, deposes the Mayor, sent for me. I went to see him about 1 o'clock. He met me very cordially, and said he regretted very much that our city was burned, and that it was my fault. I asked him how? He said, in suffering ardent spirits to be left in the city after it was evacuated, saying, Who could command drunken soldiers? There was no allusion made to General Hampton, to accident, or to cotton. * * * I saw very few drunken soldiers that night; many who appeared to sym
February 19th (search for this): chapter 26
ave heard she has been found lying near the Housatonic, but cannot believe this, or she would have been raised, if only to rescue the bodies of the gallant fellows who went down in her. From Comr. D. N. Ingraham. Telegram. Charleston, S. C., Feb. 19th, 1864:7.30 P. M. Genl. Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: General Finegan reports ten regiments—at least one mounted—of enemy in his front. Am reinforcing Finegan to utmost practicable extent. It is essential to have themhim to make forced marches. With a few thousand more men we can cripple Sherman greatly. I am, very respectfully yours, Wade Hampton, Lieut.-Genl. Genl. Beauregard. Headquarters, Military division of the West, White Oak, S. C., Feb. 19th, 1865:4.15 P. M. Lieut.-Genl. W. Hampton, Comdg. Cavalry: General,—General Beauregard directs me to inform you that the trains and infantry will turn off from this place, taking the road via Hazlewood and Rich Hill to Landsford, on the Cata<
February 26th (search for this): chapter 26
ield, the aid of the high talents and skill of the distinguished general whom he succeeds. He exhorts all absent soldiers of the Army of Tennessee to rejoin their regiments and again confront the enemy they so often encountered in Northern Georgia, and always with honor. He assures his comrades of the army who still are with their colors, that the confidence in their discipline and valor which he has publicly expressed is undiminished. J. E. Johnston, Genl. Charlotte, N. C., Feb. 26th, 1865:7.30 A. M. Genl. Braxton Bragg, Rocky Fish Creek, near Wilmington, N. C.: Should enemy move as supposed the plan proposed is the best, if concentration can be made in time, especially before Sherman and Schofield could unite. Johnston now commands here. G. T. Beauregard. Charlotte, N. C., Feb. 27th, 1865. Genl. R. E. Lee, Petersburg, Va.: General Johnston assumed command day before yesterday (25th). Enemy's position still about same, on Lancaster and Camden road,
, no defence having been made or any act of provocation previously committed, either by the owners of the desolated place, or by the soldiers of the Confederate States, there or in any part of this Department. Again, as far back as the last of March, when evacuating Jacksonville, in East Florida, your troops set on fire and destroyed the larger part of that town, including several churches; not, assuredly, to cover their embarkation, but merely as a measure of vindictive and illegitimate hosat from three to six regiments; and as his defensive operations progressed his works across the neck of Folly were plainly observed and reported upon. They were about 3000 yards from Light-house Inlet. To the 2d Question.—In the early part of March last the Commanding General, with me, visited Morris Island, and then determined and ordered the location of five guns—four shell-guns and one rifled 24-pounder — in detached batteries, to sweep the beach and crossing to Morris Island, from Littl<
March 12th (search for this): chapter 26
legram. Raleigh, N. C., March 11th, 1865. To Genl. G. T. Beauregard: Federal army is in Fayetteville this morning. Hardee and Hampton near on this side. General Bragg's troops are returning to Goldsboroa from Kinston, where the force opposed to his was heavily reinforced from Wilmington. That force was beaten by General Bragg with Hill's and Hoke's troops on the 8th. J. E. Johnston. Telegram. Raleigh, March 13th, 1865. To Genl. Beauregard: Following received, dated March 12th, 8 P. M., from near Fayetteville: Enemy crossed Cape Fear River (at 11 A. M.) at Cedar Creek, Fayetteville, and Elliott's ferry, seven miles above. I move up to cover all ferries above. Enemy's purpose not developed.—W. J. Hardee. If these crossings are in force, a movement eastward is intended. Hope to see you soon. J. E. Johnston. Telegram. Greensboroa, N. C., March 14th, 1865. Genl. Jos. E. Johnston, Raleigh: Sherman is moving, doubtless to form junction with Sch
March 15th (search for this): chapter 26
ld's forces about Goldsboroa. As you cannot yet check him, it would be well to concentrate all your forces against Schofield and crush him before that junction can be made. G. T. Beauregard. Telegram. Headquarters, Raleigh, N. C., March 15th, 1865:7 A. M. Received from Smith's Ferry, 2 P. M., 14th, via Bonbee's 15th, 4 A. M., by General Johnston: The enemy advanced on the river and plank roads to-day to Silver Creek, where I had a brigade of infantry. Hampton fell back. Atthis evening; supposed to be on the Clinton road, in Butler's front. I expect to hear from him during the night. W. J. Hardee. Official. W. Hampton, Jr., Lieut., and A. D. C. Telegram. Averysboroa, March 15th, 1865, via Bonbee's, March 15TH: 12.30 P. M. Genl. J. E. Johnston, Raleigh, N. C.: The enemy, after being checked at Silver Run, retired towards Fayetteville. Hampton has transferred his command over Black River to be in front of any movement upon Goldsboroa. I heard no
March 21st (search for this): chapter 26
attempted the offensive, which we resisted without difficulty until dark. Our troops behaved handsomely. This morning enemy was intrenched. We have now the whole army in our front. The 15th Corps, moving from direction of Goldsboroa on our left flank and rear, made it necessary to change our front so as to look to the south. There has so far been only skirmishing to-day. Please give this information to the Governor in my name. J. E. Johnston. Telegram. near Bentonville, March 21st, 1865:7.10 A. M. Genl. G. T. Beauregard: We are remaining here to cover the removal of our wounded to railroad at Smithfield. The enemy's intrenched position and greatly superior number-Sherman's army being in our front—makes further offensive impracticable. J. E. Johnston. Telegram. near Smithfield, March 23d, 1865. To Genl. G. T. Beauregard: Sherman's whole army being intrenched in our front on morning of 20th, we did not attack, but held our position to cover remov
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