January 17, 1865: Borrowing troops from the Army of the Tennessee?

P.G.T. Beauregard

I couldn’t follow everything about this exchange from what was in the official records, but apparently Beauregard and others agree that the Army of the Tennessee needs to be reorganized — not surprising, since it was pretty much destroyed by the defeat at Nashville. And then Beauregard wants to take Roddey’s brigade to reinforce Hardee, while people in Alabama don’t want any troops to leave.

Official records:


TUPELO, MISS., January 17, 1865.
President JEFFERSON DAVIS,
Richmond, Va.:

I am fully satisfied the Army of Tennessee requires immediate reorganization and consolidation, removing at same time all inefficient and supernumerary officers. Generals Hood, Taylor, Forrest, and corps commanders agree fully with me in that opinion. Cannot necessary authority be granted me, at once, to the effect? The army cannot otherwise be made reliable for active operations.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,
General.
TUPELO, MISS., January 17, 1865.

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President JEFFERSON DAVIS,
Richmond, Va.:

To divide this small army at this juncture to re-enforce General Hardee would expose to capture Mobile, Demopolis, Selma, Montgomery, and all the rich valley of the Alabama River. Shall that risk be now incurred?

G. T. BEAUREGARD,
General.

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TUPELO, MISS., January 17, 1865.
Honorable WILLIAM PORCHER MILES, M. C.,
Richmond, Va.:

I beg yourself and friends in Congress to support actively the plan I have to-day recommended by telegraph to the President relative to this army. Generals Hood, Taylor, Forrest, and corps commanders agree fully with me in the absolute necessity of the measure.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,
General.

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TUPELO, January 17, 1865. (Received 3 o’clock 24th.)
Honorable J. A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War:

Telegram of the 15th instant received. I will leave for Georgia and South Carolina soon as practicable after having placed General Taylor in command of the Army of Tennessee, and take, after conference with him, as many troops as can be spared from here.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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[First indorsement.]
Respectfully submitted to honorable Secretary of War.
JOHN W. RIELY,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
[Second indorsement.]
SECRETARY OF WAR:

On each occasion when this officer has been sent with his command to distant service, serious calamity to Alabama has followed. It is desirable to know what disposition General Beauregard proposes to make of this force.

J. D.
[Third indorsement.]

JANUARY 18, 1865.
ADJUTANT-GENERAL:

Inquire of General B. the purpose for which General Roddey’s brigade is wanted. Twice his removal has been followed by unfortunate results, and hence some hesitation is felt in authorizing change of locality.

J. A. S.,
Secretary.
[Fourth indorsement.]

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