the Twenty-two Mile House around the head waters of Cooper River, and down the east bank of said river to a point near the city, whence the troops can be thrown into the garrison.
A depot of provisions for ten days for 5,000 men and 3,000 horses has been ordered to be established at White Church, behind the second line of defense. A depot of at least twice the amount should be established at Summerville, behind the third line.
HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA, Charleston, S. C., February 28, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel JOSEPH A. YATES:
COLONEL: I am instructed by the commanding general to direct that you repair forthwith to and assume command of the Fourth Military District of South Carolina, of this department, hereafter to be know as a sub-district to the First Military District.
The general commanding further directs me to say that in case of an engagement here you will be recalled here.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. M. OTEY,
CHARLESTON, S. C., February 28, 1863.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:
My telegrams of 18th and 20th instant are still unanswered, asking authority to receive State volunteers and others in service for defense of Charleston and Savannah. Time for so doing all-important. More troops are absolutely required in this department or railroad to Savannah must be abandoned. I also make another appeal for two comment brigadier-generals to command troop under General Mercer; otherwise I must not be held responsibility for any disaster which may occur there. Please answer.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Richmond, Va., February 28, 1863.
General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Charleston, S. C.:
Accept any armed troops from the States and as may others as we can arm. Let me know what number of arms you will require, that I may inform to what extent we can supply them. The troops and men to be accepted should not be raised in derogation of the conscript law.
J. A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War.
SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 50.
Richmond, February 28, 1863.
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IX. Major-General Huger will proceed to the Department of South