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IN THE STATE,

September 29, 1863.

Resolved, That the Senate do concur in the resolutions.

Ordered, That they be returned to the House of Representatives.

By order:

WM. E. MARTIN,

Clerk Senate.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. S. C., GA., AND FLA., Numbers 212.

Charleston, S. C., October 17, 1863.

II. Brigadier General R. E. Colston, having reported for temporary service in this department, is assigned to duty in the District of Georgia, and will report to Brigadier-General Mercer, commanding.

By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S.,

Richmond, October 18, 1863.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD,

Charleston, S. C.:

Is Clingman's brigade specially important to you, or does the possible withdrawal of so much force excite your apprehension? If the former, on General Whiting's call, you can substitute another equal force; for the latter, considering the relative forces of the enemy and your own, I cannot perceive adequate cause.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

CHARLESTON, S. C.,

October 18, 1863-8 p. m.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:

Enemy will only attempt in force movement reported by General Lee's scout. In that event, I have not troops enough here to prevent him and to guard defensive lines in vicinity of Charleston, which might be penetrated by a comparatively small force. I give no preference to Clingman's brigade. I referred to number of troops General Whiting might call for.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

OFFICE CHIEF ENGINEER,

Charleston, October 18, 1863.

Brigadier-General JORDNAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General, and Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: In reply to the representations of Colonel Magill, commanding the District of Middle Florida, and Thomas Orman, esq., a citizen of Apalochicola, as to the effect of closing Moccasin Creek, and thus stopping the navigation of the Apalachicola River, I have the honor to submit, for the information of the commanding general,