COLUMBIA, S. C., February 13, 1865-12. 40 p. m.
Lieutenant General W. J. HARDEE, Commanding Dept. Charleston, S. C.:
Dispatch received. General will leave at 3 p. m.
JOHN M. OTEY,
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE WEST,
Augusta, February 13, 1865-1. 30 p. m.
Major General B. F. CHEATHAM, Commanding Corps, &c. "
GENERAL: General Beauregard directs that you move with your corps at once to Columbia, S. C. The troops should be supplied, and carry witht them, five days' cooked rations.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEORGE WM. BRENT,
Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
MONTGOMERY, ALA., February 13, 1865.
Colonel GEORGE WILLIM BRENT,
Assistan Adjutant-General, Augusta, Ga.:
Twenty-five hundred men of Stewart's corps were furnished. Those who have returned are passing through by regiments. Cheatham's division has to pass, and is on its way. This includes all. I have established a camp of direction to prevent the straggling of returning squads. Will promptly move headquarters as soon as above troops have passed.
J. B. EUSTIS,
MONTGOMERY, February 13, 1865.
General S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General:
Dispatch of 10th received. I do not know the extent of the duties indicated. Had just tendered my services to General Beauregard to build up his army, if Government would give me control of that branch of the service, subject to his orders, west of Savannah River, from whence his army comes. To restore to that army the great number of the stragglers is now of highest importance, requiring for success the assistance, temporarily, of a large number of efficient officers. These could be supplied from the supernumerary officers. Before consultation, which does President prefer I should do?
G. J. PILLOW,
Respectfully submitted to Honorable Secretary of War.
JOHN W. RIELY,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR-GENERAL:
General Pillow will enter on his duties under the order from your office.
J. C. B[RECINRIDGE],
Secretary of War.