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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 18, 1864

Davis Telegram to Howell Cobb

Georgians had naturally been sending messages to Confederate authorities, pleading for troops to be sent to Georgia to combat the March to the Sea. While there was little he could do, Confederate President Jefferson Davis did send the following telegram to General Howell Cobb in Macon on this day.

“In addition to the troops of all kinds you should endeavor to get out every man who can render any service, even for a short period, and employ negroes in obstructing roads by every practicable means. Colonel Rains, at Augusta, can furnish you with shells prepared to explode by pressure, and these will be effective to check an advance. General Hardee has, I hope, brought some re-enforcements, and General Taylor will probably join you with some further aid. You have a difficult task, but will realize the necessity for the greatest exertion.” Source: U.S. War Department, The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1893, reprinted by The National Historical Society, 1971), Series I, Vol. XLIV, p. 865.