to General A. S. Johnston. All the guns and munitions of war must be secured. Let me know what arrangements you can make, and whether all of the guns will be needed for local defense.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. E. LEE,
[Inclosure No. 2.] STATE OF FLORIDA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Tallahassee, March 5, 1862.
Hon. J. P. BENJAMIN,
Secretary of War:
RESPECTED SIR: The following is a copy of resolutions of the executive council of the State, passed the 3rd instant, in regard to the cavalry regiment commanded by Colonel W. G. M. Davis, in this State.
Resolved, That the governor be requested to correspond with his excellency Jefferson Davis, the Secretary of War, General R. E. Lee, and the officers of Colonel Davis' regiment, as to the necessity of the regiment being converted into an infantry regiment and remain in the State for its defense.
Private Secretary to his Excellency.
Governor of Florida.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, DEPARTMENT OF THE MILITARY, Columbia, S. C., March 7, 1862.
Hon. J. P. BENJAMIN:
SIR: I have the honor to inclose, for your information, a statement from the adjutant and inspector general's office of the State, showing number of troops sent by this State into Confederate service. It embraces a period up to 20th February last. Since that time 2,000 men have been added.
With great respect, your obedient servant,
JAS. CHESNUT, JR.,
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, A. AND I. General 'S OFFICE, Columbia, February 20, 1862.
Hon. JAMES CHESNUT, Jr.,
Chief of Military Department of Executive Council of South Carolina:
SIR: In accordance with your request and instructions, received from Brigadier General S. R. Gist, adjutant and inspector general of South Carolina, I have the honor herewith to submit a statement of the number of South Carolina volunteer troops now in Confederate service. I would respectfully state that the report shows the original strength [except in the case of the regular force, where enlistments are still progressing] will after their muster into Confederate service, except as to simple matters of organization.
The statement is classified as follows:
First. Those in service beyond the State.
Second. Those in service within the State.