banks of the Ohio and the Mississippi, or to return to the several sources whence the army was gathered their respective detachments or quotas for the campaign?
This should be left, however, to be determined by the nature of the enemy's operations at the time.
I must finally remark that were it possible to concentrate with sufficient expedition, at or about Knoxville, such an army as I have indicated, that would be the better point whence to take the offensive into Middle Tennessee than Dalton—that is, according to the principles of war—and would promise more decisive results; for it is evident we should thus threaten the enemy's communications, without exposing our own. (Principle II.) Le secret de la guerre est dans la surete des communications (Napoleon). By a movement from Knoxville we should be doing what is taught in connection with the third maxim ( Art of War ), to wit: That part of the base of operations is the most advantageous to break out from into the theatre of war w
War Department does not take it into consideration.
report from Richmond of an impending movement on the Carolina coast.
General Beauregard's letter to General Whiting.
how Lieutenant Glassel damaged the New Ironsides.
Lieutenant Dixon's attack with the torpedo-boat upon the Housatonic.
loss of the boat and crew.
construuture 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 goident a positive order from War Department would be obeyed with alacrity by General Hill. G. T. Beauregard.
On the 17th he sent the following telegram to General Whiting:
Am ordered to Weldon for present, but am desirous to see you as I pass through Wilmington, on Wednesday, about 10 o'clock. G. T. Beauregard.