War of the Rebellion: Serial 020 Page 0787 Chapter XXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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SAVANNAH, GA., February 20, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:

Governor Bonham has promised three regiments State Reserves, Governor Brown two regiments, and General Mercer says over 2,000 independent volunteers can be obtained for the emergency. It is probable more could be had in this State and South Carolina. If they could be armed they would answer well behind fortifications.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

SAVANNAH, GA., February 20, 1863.

Brigadier General W. S. WALKER, Pocotaligo, S. C.:

Cooke's brigade is ordered to report to you in place of troops from First District. Post it to best advantage.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General, Commanding.

WILMINGTON, February 20, 1863.

General BEAUREGARD, Charleston:

I have sent you Cooke's brigade, a good one; 600 went this morning; 600 will go this evening. Keep the transportation well in motion. Keep me advised.

W. H. C. WHITING.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 20, 1863.

General BEAUREGARD, Savannah, Ga.:

Blingman's brigade arrived. Cooke's brigade will follow. Ransom's is held ready, subject however to needs in North Carolina.

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 43.

Richmond, Va., February 20, 1863.

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XXIII. Brigadier General W. B. Taliaferro, Provisional Army of the Confederate States, will proceed without delay to Charleston, S. C., and report to General G. T. Beauregard, commanding, for assignment to duty.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

U. S. STEAM FRIGATE NEW IRONSIDES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

U. S. STEAM FRIGATE NEW IRONSIDES, Off Charleston, February 21, 1863.

To the commanding general of the militia forces within the waters of Charleston Harbor:

GENERAL: Having been charged by Admiral DuPont, the com-