2 pages (front and back) on gray letterhead of the "Headquarters, Department of South Carolina, Ga. & Fla.," 10 x 8 inches, Charleston, October 22, 1863. Written to Governor M.L. Bonham one month after the siege of Fort Wagner -- Beauregard declines to comply with a resolution drafted by the South Carolina General Assembly to defend the mountain gap. In part: "...your letter of the 17th...enclosing two resolutions relative to relieving from the service the poor of this six months regiment...until they can gather their crops...and placing at least one regiment of Infantry and a squadron of Cavalry, with one or two pieces of artillery, within convenient distance of the gaps of the mountains - by which the state may be entered from Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina...As to the second resolution, I regret that the smallness of my force for the defense of Charleston, and guarding the seacoast, so immediately threatened at present by the enemy, will not permit me to send the troops called for to guard the mountain passes..." Docketed on the back by C.S.A. General, congressman, and Governor Milledge Luke Bonham. Two horizontal folds and some uneven toning; still very good condition.