along the line of the Memphis and Charleston railroad, with Corinth as its center and base.
Having organized his splendid troops, General Johnston, with General Beauregard as second in command, put in motion on the morning of the 3d of April, 1862, the Army of the Mississippi, to offer battle to the invaders of our soil.
The d a bulwark between us and their destruction or surrender.
Amidst the confusion of orders, some to advance, some to retreat, occasioned by the general order of Beauregard to retire for the night, we were in a fated hour repulsed, never again to enjoy the pleasure of having them so near in our grasp.
Time, such as Wellington prayand General Bragg placed in command of the Army.—Shortly after the evacuation of Corinth by our forces, which was completed on the night of the 29th of May, General Beauregard's health having for a time failed him, he was granted a leave of absence by the Department at Richmond, and General Bragg placed in full command of the Army