War of the Rebellion: Serial 047 Page 0441 Chapter XL. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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

Charleston, S. C., October 22, 1863.

Brigadier General R. S. RIPLEY,

Commanding First Military District, Charleston, S. C.:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you will hold one of the largest regiments in Evans' brigade in readiness to move at a moment's warning, with three days' cooked rations, in haversacks, and two days' rations uncooked in reserve. They will also be prepared with 100 rounds of ammunition, and will probably move by railroad in the direction of Pocotaligo.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

[CLIFTON H. SMITH,]

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C.,

October 22, 1863.

Brigadier General W. S. WALKER,

Pocotaligo, S. C.:

Enemy appears to be moving southward. Be on alert. Am preparing re-enforcements from here and Savannah.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. S. C., GA., AND FLA., Numbers 218.

Charleston, S. C., October 22, 1863.

I. The following rearrangement of command has been found necessary in the emergency:

1. Fort Sumter, Sullivan's and Long Island, and the parishes of Christ Church and Saint Thomas, under Brigadier-General Ripley, will be designated as the First Military District.

2. The city, to include the lines on the Neck, Fort Ripley, and Castle Pinckney, under Colonel Rhett, will be designated as the Fifth Military District.

3. The parish of Saint Andrew's will be divided into two districts; the first, commanded by Brigadier-General Wise, to embrace all that part south of the Ashley River and west of Wappoo Cut, and to include the tates-de-pont at Rantowles Station and the work at Church Flats, will be designated as the Sixth Military District; the second, to include James Island, under Brigadier-General Taliaferro, will be designated as the Seventh Military District.

II. Brigadier-General Wise, Ripley, and Taliaferro, and Colonel Rhett, will report directly to these headquarters.

By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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

Charleston, S. C., October 23, 1863.

Colonel D. B. HARRIS,

Chief Engineer of Department, Charleston, S. C.:

COLONEL: The commanding general directs that the battery on the right flank of the lines in Christ Church shall be arranged for two barbette guns, one 9-inch Dahlgren and one 32-pounder rifled