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be greatly abated.
I enter into no particulars about our affairs here, not only because Dr. Chopping will be able to tell you all you may desire to know, but because I am sure you have enough to occupy your attention, without troubling you about home matters.
With the sincere hope and confident expectation that you will win additional honors in your new field of exertion.
I remain, yours very truly, Thomas O. Moore, Governor. To General G. T. Beauregard, Jackson, Tenn.
Langley, Fairfax County, Va., Sept. 25th, 1878.
My dear General,—Your two letters of the 20th and 22d ultimo have reached me. Business and indisposition prevented an earlier reply.
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I cannot recall the various visits of your aids to General J. en route. I do remember that a telegram was received from you, urging a speedy junction.
Are you not, however, mistaken as to where the message which you think induced J.'s change of direction reached him?
You say Murfreesboro.
d to be palisaded merely, so that our gunboats might fire into them from the river if they were taken by the enemy.
The defences must consist of three works with strong profiles, for about five hundred men each—two on the river, and one a little in advance of the others.
The cremaillere lines, on the right and rear of Island No.10, must be provided with small redans for a few siege-guns, and the navigation of Black Lagoon obstructed so as to prevent the enemy's barges from getting into Reelfoot Lake, the shores of which, between the two cremaillere lines, were to be well guarded, and, if need be, properly defended.
The island opposite Tiptonville was to be examined, to determine if it could be advantageously fortified.
I would advise the garrison at Fort Pillow (excepting a strong guard) to be sent, for the present, to New Madrid or Island No.10.
All the heavy ordnance, not required at these two points, should be sent, when removed, from Columbus to Fort Pillow, or to any other