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cutives. appeals to the Secretary of War. Mr. Benjamin's letters. It has already been shown thahis army as any other assignable cause. M3r. Benjamin presents his line of action, and the reasons eady mentioned, sums up the consequences of Mr. Benjamin's order as follows: General Johnston der was received from the Secretary of War, Mr. Benjamin, notifying General Johnston that no more twzeal, patriotism, and versatile talents, of Mr. Benjamin. Mr. Davis's cordial affection and confidenhern people. It is no more than just to Mr. Benjamin to say that his letters to General Johnstone could be best assumed. In a letter to Mr. Benjamin, November 15th, in allusion to these matterct, however, to the condition prescribed by Mr. Benjamin's order in regard to arms. Accordingly, oned) A. S. Johnston, General C. S. A. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War. The stringency wied) A. S. Johnston, General C. S. A. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War. It appearing in th
out 8,600 at Nashville), and our effective force is under 13,000 men. The volunteers, I hear, are turning out well, but the time taken up in procuring arms has thus far prevented much accession to our force from that source .. To the Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War. headquarters, Western Department, Bowling Green, December 25, 1861. Sir: The recent movement of the enemy, and the concentration of heavy masses of troops, indicated an early advance; and the weather, which has beeot hostile attitude toward England, the first step toward our independence is gained. The contest here must be relinquished for the winter by the enemy, or a decisive blow soon struck; to make the latter is their true policy .... To the Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War. On the 23d of December the office and storehouse of the Ordnance Department at Nashville were set on fire by an incendiary, and entirely consumed. The loss was heavy: between 400 and 600 sets of artillery-harness,
o the citizens of the surrounding country for assistance in labor, for which you will give them certificates for amounts of such labor. Authority was also given to make all needful requisitions. General Tilghman had been assigned to General Johnston with considerable éclat. General Johnston, desiring a proper commander for the defenses of Columbus, had very strongly recommended for that purpose the promotion of Major A. P. Stewart to be a brigadier-general. On the 11th of October Mr. Benjamin replied as follows: I have your letter asking for the appointment of a brigadier to command at Columbus, Kentucky, in your absence. Your recommendation of Major A. P. Stewart has been considered with the respect due to your suggestions, but there is an officer under your command whom you must have overlooked; whose claims in point of rank and experience greatly outweigh those of Major Stewart, and whom we could not pass by, without injustice — I refer to Colonel Lloyd Tilghman, who
ity with the intention announced to the department, the corps under the command of Major-General Hardee completed the evacuation of Bowling Green on the 14th inst., and the rear-guard passed the Cumberland at this point yesterday morning in good order. I have ordered the army to encamp to-night midway between this place and Murfreesboro. My purpose is, to place the force in such a position that the enemy cannot concentrate his superior strength against the command, and to enable me to assemble as rapidly as possible such other troops in addition as it may be in my power to collect. The complete command which their gunboats and transports give them upon the Tennessee and Cumberland renders it necessary for me to retire my line between the rivers. I entertain the hope that this disposition will enable me to hold the enemy in check; and, when my forces are sufficiently increased, to drive him back .... Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War, Richmond, Virginia. A. S. Johnston.
nessee, as the War Department, aroused by the fall of Fort Henry, had taken steps to reenforce him. On February 8th Secretary Benjamin wrote him: The condition of your department, in consequence of the largely superior forces of the enemy, has retion. I have the honor to remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. S. Johnston, General C. S. A. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War, Richmond. headquarters Western Department, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, February 27, 1862. sir on this side of the city. With great respect, your obedient servant, (Signed) A. S. Johnston, General C. . A. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War, Richmond. Colonel (afterward Major-General) William Preston, then acting on General Johnsto16th of March, however, he received a letter from the Secretary of War, dated March 11th, which closed that question. Mr. Benjamin says: The reports of Brigadier-Generals Floyd and Pillow are unsatisfactory, and the President directs that both
e given to send Cleburne's regiment to Decatur. On February 24th General Johnston telegraphed President Davis: My movement has been delayed by a storm on the 22th, washing away pike and railroad-bridge at this place. Floyd, 2,500 strong, will march for Chattanooga to-morrow, to defend. This army will move on the 26th, by Decatur, for the valley of the Mississippi. Is in good condition and increasing in numbers. When his arrangements at Murfreesboro were complete, he wrote to Mr. Benjamin, February 27th, that he was about to move to the defense of the Mississippi Valley, crossing the (Tennessee) River near Decatur, in order to enable him to cooperate or unite with General Beauregard. Next day he moved. This was before Halleck's orders for the movement up the Tennessee, and ten days before it began, and General Johnston was already three days on his march before Columbus was evacuated. On the 26th of February General Beauregard asked for a brigade to assist in the def