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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 1 (search)
While we were waiting for a guide to lead us by the best road to Bunker's Hill, a courier from Richmond brought me a letter In reply to mine of the 9th. from General Cooper, The Adjutant-General of the Confederate States army. dated June 13th, giving me the President's authority to abandon Harper's Ferry and retire toward Winchee in about a day. Nothing worth removing was left. In a letter dated the 18th, addressed to me at Winchester, giving the President's further instructions, General Cooper wrote: . . . You are expected to act as circumstances may require, only keeping in mind the general purpose to resist invasion as far as may be practicabl strength of the regiments of this army did not much exceed five hundred men. About one o'clock A. M., on the 18th, I received the following telegram from General Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General: General Beauregard is attacked; to strike the enemy a decisive blow, a junction of all your effective force will be needed.
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 2 (search)
th two companies of the Eleventh. General Bee and myself accompanied these troops. Brigadier-General E. Kirby Smith was left at Piedmont to expedite the transportation of the remaining brigades-about three-fifths of the army. We reached General Beauregard's position about noon. The Seventh and Eighth Georgia regiments were united to the detachment just arrived, to form a temporary brigade for General Bee. As the army had not been informed, in the usual way, of the promotion of Generals Cooper, Lee, and myself, to the grade of general, I had, after leaving Winchester, requested the President, by telegraph, to state what my rank in the army was, to prevent the possibility of a doubt of the relative rank of General Beauregard and myself in the mind of the former. His reply was received on the 20th. His excellency said, in his telegram: You are a general in the Confederate army, possessed of all the powers attaching to that rank. The position occupied by the Confederate ar
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter3 (search)
the month, the President nominated five persons to be generals in the Confederate army: First, S. Cooper, to rank from May 16th, the date of the law creating the grade; second, A. S. Johnston, to rafter the army is organized, shall be made by selection from the army. Under the first act, S. Cooper, R. E. Lee, and myself, were brigadiers-general on the 16th of May, when the fourth was approvly, as we had done in the United States army before secession, when I was brigadier-general, General Cooper colonel, and General Lee lieutenant-colonel in that army. The passage of the fourth act made rank. It also abolished the grade of brigadier-general in the army to which we belonged. General Cooper, General Lee, and myself, had no commissions if we were not generals. If we were generals, der of rank established by law was-first, J. E. Johnston (brigadier-general U. S. A.); second, S. Cooper (colonel U. S. A.); third, A. S. Johnston (colonel U. S. A.); fourth, R. E. Lee (lieutenant-co
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 6 (search)
the location for my headquarters chosen by the War Department-so that I did not reach that place until the morning of the 4th of December. A telegram from General Cooper, found there, informed me that Lieutenant-General Pemberton was falling back before superior forces, and that Lieutenant-General Holmes had been peremptorily tach a large body of cavalry to operate in General Grant's rear and cut his communications. On the following day, the 5th, at Murfreesboroa, I again wrote to General Cooper by mail and by telegraph, giving him General Bragg's estimates of his own force and that of General Rosecrans, and endeavoring to show that he could not give n relation to transferring a strong body of troops from the Army of Tennessee to that of Mississippi. As the expression of my opinion, a copy of my letter to General Cooper from Murfreesboroa, was given to him. Apparently he was not satisfied by it, for he went on to Murfreesboroa and consulted General Bragg, and determined to tr
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
built that fire could communicate from house to house; its rear-guard left the place, for Vicksburg, on the 23d. On that day the following telegram from General Cooper, dated 22d, reached me: In conformity with your expressed wish, you are relieved from the further command of the Department of Tennessee, which, as advised bymberton or myself was responsible for those disasters, the arrangement made by the Administration did not make me a party to it. In a telegram of that date to General Cooper, I claimed the right to be present for my defense, and on the 21st the War Department conceded that right. On the 22d the following dispatch, dated Ringgo Walker were directed to hold their divisions ready to move; and Major Barbour, chief quartermaster, to order the necessary means of railroad transportation. General Cooper's reply, in the affirmative, was received that evening, as well as Major Barbour's report that the railroad trains required were promised at two o'clock P. M.
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 9 (search)
ipline. The duties of military administration that you point out to me shall be attended to with diligence. The most difficult of them will be the procuring supplies of food. Foreseeing this before leaving Mississippi, I applied for permission to bring Major W. E. Moore with me, to be chief commissary of the army. The reply of the adjutant and inspector general was, that Major Moore had been collecting supplies in Mississippi so long that it was deemed inexpedient to transfer him. General Cooper was mistaken. Major Moore has not served long in Mississippi, nor collected large supplies there. He made his reputation in this army. Major Dameron directs the purchase and impressment of provisions in Mississippi. So that Major Moore's position is not an important one. Therefore Lieutenant-General Polk, from interest in this army, is anxious that he should be its chief commissary. I therefore most respectfully repeat my application. This army is now far from being in conditio
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 11 (search)
in ten days. The promise gave me great satisfaction, for such a force might be made very valuable in operations about Atlanta. On the 17th, At night. Major-General Wheeler reported that the whole Federal army had crossed the Chattahoochee, and was near it, between Roswell and Powers's Ferry. At ten o'clock p. M., while Colonel Prestman was with me receiving instructions in relation to his work of the next day on the intrenchments of Atlanta, the following telegram was received from General Cooper, dated July 17th: Lieutenant- General J. B. Hood has been commissioned to the temporary rank of general, under the late law of Congress. I am directed by the Secretary of War to inform you that, as you have failed to arrest the advance of the enemy to the vicinity of Atlanta, far in the interior of Georgia, and express no confidence that you can defeat or repel him, you are hereby relieved from the command of the Army and Department of Tennessee, which you will immediately turn over to
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 14 (search)
my command, and reiterated. The movement to Winchester was indispensable, and so regarded by the President himself. For, in the first passage quoted from General Cooper's letter See page 24. of June 13th, he authorized it, as well as the evacuation of Harper's Ferry. That authority had been anticipated, however. But for t suggestion to move to Manassas was sent to me before the telegram of July 17th, received on the 18th. On the contrary, the President's instructions to me in General Cooper's letters of June 13th, 18th, and 19th, and in his own of June 22d, and July 10th and 13th, prove that he had no such thought. And these letters prove that in the report, but am gratified to find that the President understands the cause of it. Most respectfully, your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General. General S. Cooper, A. & I. General. No reply to this note was ever received, so that I now have no more knowledge of the statements in question than that gained by reading
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
quarters, Centreville, January 28, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant Inspector-General. Sir: I aeneral. Centreville, February 2, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General. Sir: of Northern Virginia, January 30, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General. Sir: General. Centreville February 9, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General. Sir: servant, (Signed) J. E. Johnston, General. General Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General. Headquarr. Richmond, Virginia, November 24, 1862. General Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General. Sir: Ihattanooga, Tennessee, December 4, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General. Sir: Jackson, Mississippi, January 12, 1863. General S. Cooper, Richmond. Sir: General Bragg thinks e field-batteries, probably four hundred. General Cooper informs me that no other reinforcements has, Gainesville, Alabama, August 2, 1863. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, Richmon[3 more...]
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Memorandum for Colonel Browne, Aide-de-camp. (search)
be ordered to take such parts as he may select of the commands of Pillow, Chalmers, and Roddy, all in Eastern Alabama, and operate in the enemy's rear between his army and Dalton. J. E. Johnston, General. Near Marietta, June 28, 1864. General S. Cooper, Richmond: I have received your dispatch inquiring why three regiments had not been sent to Savannah in exchange for those of Mercer's brigade. They have not been sent, because, before Mercer's brigade joined, we were engaged with anAndersonville, immediately. J. E. Johnston. Near Atlanta, July 16, 1864. His Excellency the President, Richmond: Your dispatch of to-day received. The slight change in the enemy's dispositions made since my dispatch of the 14th to General Cooper was reported to General Bragg yesterday. It was a report from General Wheeler that Schofield's corps had advanced eastwardly about three miles from Isham's Ford, and intrenched. As the enemy has double our numbers, we must be on the defe
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