War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0421 Chapter XL. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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but the Government will not act in the matter until one success shall demonstrate the advantage of this new system of naval warfare.

Your application to devote a part of your time to the construction of such boats on private account will be approved, if sent up regularly through your commanding officers.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. S. C., GA., AND FLA., Numbers 211.

Charleston, S. C., October 15, 1863.

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V. Brigadier General B. H. Robertson, Provisional Army, C. S., having reported for temporary duty in this department, is assigned to the command of the Second Military District of the State of South Carolina, and is authorized to proceed to Richmond to arrange his staff.

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By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C.,

October 16, 1863-7 p. m.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

Enemy still fortifying Morris and Folly Islands. Is Clingman's brigade still to obey call of General Whiting? If so, safety of Sullivan's Island and its batteries will be much endangered. Please answer.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CHARLESTON, S. C.,

October 16, 1863-7 p. m.

Major General W. H. C. WHITING,

Wilmington, N. C.:

Enemy still fortifying on Morris and Folly Islands. No change visible in his dispositions, except sending two regiments to guard Port Royal, no doubt fearing an attack there from me.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Columbia, October 17, 1863.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inclose the within copy of a resolution of the General Assembly, which I commend to your early and favorable consideration.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

M. L. BONHAM.