January 11, 1865: Good plan, Hardee

William J. Hardee

Hardee explained to Davis a few days ago (see link below) that he was capable only of defending Charleston against Sherman, and even that only if he could get some more troops. Here Davis responds that this plan will work as long as either Georgia Governor Brown or God helps him out.

Official Records:


RICHMOND, VA., January 11, 1865.
General W. J. HARDEE, Charleston, S. C.:

Yours of the 8th instant received. Your plan seems to me judicious and I hope may, with Divine favor, prove successful. General Beauregard is probably by this time at Hood’s headquarters, and if troops have not already started to aid you he will, I am assured, make every exertion to re-enforce you from that army as rapidly as possible. You must use all means to obtain men from Georgia, either reserves, militia, or recruits. General Cobb can more effectually aid you by having his headdquarters at Augusta. If your relations to Governor Brown enable you to influence him that is the means to be employed.

JEFF’N DAVIS.

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