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J. C. PEMBERTON,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 202. Richmond, Va., August 29, 1862.

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XV. General G. T. Beauregard, C. S. Army, is assigned to the command of the Department of South Carolina and Georgia.

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By command of Secretary of War:

ED. A. PALFREY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA,

Charleston, S. C., August 31, 1862.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

GENERAL: I have just received Special Orders, No. 202, of August 29, from your office. I most earnestly entreat that I may be ordered into the field for active service. I have done everything in my power for the State of South Carolina, and my arrangements for the defense of Charleston and Savannah have been made, whether judiciously or not, at least uncontrolled by the interference of others. Having occupied this position since the early part of March last, it will be humiliating in the extreme to me to be now-almost at the moment of anticipated attack by the enemy-reduced to a subordinate position in this command. I beg that it may be understood that I do not even intend to express a wish not to be superseded by General Beauregard, who I doubt not is far more capable of filling satisfactorily the responsible position I have so long held. I only ask that I may be transferred myself to some other point where I may not be useless; and if I may be allowed a preference, I would say to Virginia.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA,

Charleston, S. C., August 31, 1862.

Colonel J. S. PRESTON,

Asst. Adjt. General, Commanding Camp of Instruction:

COLONEL: In a note of this date Brigadier-General Gist informs me that he has been unofficially informed that some of the prisoners recently taken on Pinckney Island (the last sent up) assert the enemy to have a small iron gunboat in the StoNumbers You are respectfully requested to examine them upon the subject and report to this office.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Major-General, Commanding.