War of the Rebellion: Serial 020 Page 0839 Chapter XXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS S. C. FORCES,

Camp near Jacksonville, March 17, 1863.

Colonel HAIGGINSON,

Commanding at Jacksonville:

I hereby notify to remove the women and children from Jacksonville within twenty-four hours from this time. After that time they will remain in the town on your responsibility. If the safe return of teams is guaranteed I will to-day send to the brick-yard church or to the town for all women all children who may wish to come within our lines.

I have the honor to be, respectfully,

A. H. MCCORMICK,

Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding C. S. Forces, Camp near Jacksonville.

HEADQUARTERS,

Jacksonville, March 18, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel A. H. MCCORMICK:

COLONEL: There has been no restriction upon the passage of women and children across my lines nor will there be, and I shall continue to render assistance with my wagons to such as may wish to remove. I will at once issue a general order communicating your willingness to render similar aid for the next twenty-four hours. Any teams coming under a flag of truce as far as the brick church will of course be rigidly respected.

I have the honor to be, yours, respectfully,

T. W. HIGGINSON,

Colonel First Regiment S. c. Fols., Commanding Post.

HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, S. C., March 20, 1863.

M. L. BONHAM,

Governor of the State of South Carolina, Columbia, S. C.:

DEAR GOVERNOR: Your letter of the 17th instant has been received. The number of companies required at Georgetown (which is a part of the State from which the Abolitionists ought to be kept our if practicable) may go up t ten, or one regiment, if so many can be furnished. The batteries in that district are very much exposed, being only supported at present by some inferior cavalry. Captain Thomas only offered the services of his company for the defense of Charleston. It would of course by very acceptable for Georgetown, as well as any other similar companies up to the number above stated.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

Genera, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, S. C., March 21, 1863.

Brigadier General JOSEPH FINEGAN,

Commanding Third Miliary District, Lake City, Fla.:

GENERAL: The report of your engagement with the Abolitionists at Jacksonville on the 10th instant has been received. I congratulate you