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[CHAP. XVI.

be sacrificed. No time or means ought, therefore, to be lost in properly defending a point of so much importance.

Respectfully submitted.

JNO. L. LEWIS,

Major-General, Commanding First Div. La. Volunteer Infantry.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 151.

Richmond, Va., September 12, 1861.

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18. The State of Alabama and that portion of Mississippi east of the Pascagoula River will hereafter constitute a separate command, which is assigned to the charge of Brigadier General Jones M. Withers, Provisional Army.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, September 13, 1861.

General DAVID E. TWIGGS,

New Orleans, La.:

Take immediate measures to evacuate Ship Island, and cause the guns to be removed at once.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT Numbers 1, C. S. A.,

New Orleans, September 16, 1861.

The Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR,

Richmond, Va.:

SIR: There will no doubt be an invasion of this place by the Black Republicans early in the fall. I respectfully ask that two brigadier-generals be ordered to report to me at as early a day as possible. The works around the city are expensive, and it is impossible for one person to attend to all matters pertaining to the service.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. E. TWIGGS,

Major-General, Commanding.

MOBILE, September 16, 1861.

Honorable L. P. WALKER,

Secretary of War:

SIR: In view of the opposition manifested here to the assignment of Brigadier-General Withers to the command at Mobile, I deem it proper to state that in my opinion the public good will be promoted by the order which it is understood the Department has given to that effect.

I have just returned from a visit to General Twiggs at New Orleans.