This Week in the Civil War - #931
On Sunday, October 2, 1864 while at Augusta, Georgia President Jefferson Davis instructed General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard in command at Charlestown, South Carolina, to take command of Confederate Department of the West, which would include the armies of both General Hood and General Richard Taylor. However, Davis instructed his new commander not to interfere with field operations of Hood’s and Taylor’s armies unless when he was personally present in the field. It was a thankless job that was limited to logistical and advisory responsibilities, without true operational control of his forces unless he should join them in person during an emergency. Nevertheless, anxious to return to a field command, Beauregard accepted the appointment. By appointing Beauregard, Davis hoped to reinvigorate the Confederate war effort from Georgia to Louisiana.