COLUMBIA, November 18, 1864.
If the emergency warrants am I authorized to go into Georgia with such force as I can carry, and retain there my rank.
JAS. CHESNUT, Jr.,
Brigadier - General, Commanding Reserves.
RICHMOND, November 19, 1864.
TO THE PEOPLE OF Georgia:
We have has a special conference with President Davis and the Secretary of War, and are able to assure you that they have done and are still doing all that can be done to meet the emergency that presses upon you. Let every man fly to arms! Remove your negroes, horses, cattle, and provisions from Sherman's army, and burn what you cannot carry. Burn all bridges and block up the roads in his route. Assail the invader in front, flank, and rear, by night and by day. Let him have no rest.
J. H. ECHOLS,
JOHN T. SHEWMAKE,
MARK H. BLANDFORD,
GEO. N. LESTER,
JAS. M. SMITH,
Members of Congress.
PETERSBURG, November 19, 1864.
His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,
I have not received General Cooper's dispatch. I know of no troops within reach of Sherman except those in Georgia, nor do I know of a - . * All roads, bridges, provisions, &c., within Sherman's reach should be destroyed. The population must turn out. Wheeler could do much. It would be extremely hazardous and -. * Savannah will probably be Sherman's object. Troops that can be spared from Charleston, Savannah, &c., should take the field under Hardee.
R. E. LEE.
CORINTH, November 19, 1864. (Received 29th.)
General S. COOPER:
I have this morning for Macon, via Mobile, the nearest route. Weather and roads are so bad that movements of Army of Tennessee are much retarded.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
CORINTH, November 19, 1864. (Received 20th.)
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General:
General Wheeler telegraphs from Griffin, on 17th, that enemy are turning their columns on shortest route to Macon, and scouts from
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