War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0582 S.C.,FLA., AND ON THE GA.,COAST. Chapter XLVII.

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CHARLESTON, S. C., February 9, 1864.

Brigadier General R. S. RIPLEY,

Commanding, Mount Pleasant:

Hold two regiments of infantry ready - three days' provisions and supply of ammunition - in light marching order for an emergency. Enemy making demonstration on John's Island in apparent force, but probably as feint. Have drawn back our people beyond Haulover.

By order of General Beauregard:

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 9, 1864.

Major General J. F. Gilmer,

Commanding, Savannah, Ga.:

Commanding general wishes rolling-stock of Savannah and Macon Railroad to be used to forward supplies to General Johnston, much needed, but must not interfere with movement to support of General Finegan, but all possible assistance must be afforded General Johnston.

THOMAS JORDAN,

Chief of Staff.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 9, 1864.

His Excellency JOHN MILTON,

Governor of Florida, Tallahassee, Fla.:

Have ordered Generals Gardner and Gilmer to re-enforce General Finegan with all available troops in their districts.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA, Charleston, S. C., February 9, 1864.

Mr. DAVID O'KEEFE,

Manager of Telegraph Office, Charleston:

SIR: The commanding general fears that your line hence to Savannah may have been lately tapped by the enemy at some point, and wants the closest scrutiny of every part of it made to discover whether any such thing has been done. Please give this matter your earliest and most serious attention.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. FEILDEN,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 10, 1864.

[Lieutenant Colonel J. R. WADDY:]

COLONEL: In obedience to special orders received from your office, I have the honor to make the following report in accordance therewith:

On the 11th of January, two companies of Major Scott's command, stationed within a mile of Tallahassee, Fla., were inspected; the companies