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Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States. 20 0 Browse Search
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rder to retire was generally distributed, adds in a note ( Life of Forrest, page 134): This was especially the case with Bragg's corps.he liberty of quoting Colonel Jordan in reply to himself ( Life of Forrest, page 134). In giving the deeds of Forrest and his men in the frayForrest and his men in the fray, he says: They assisted in the capture of General Prentiss's men, and, being mounted, as well as comparatively fresh, led the advance forts of the Federal officers, such was the confusion prevalent as Forrest began to skirmish vigorously, that he sent a staff officer to repointo the river. Jordan also says in a note (page 135), that Willie Forrest, a boy of fifteen--with two other comrades of the same age, hapr heads! Another incident of the battle, in connection with General Forrest and his son, deserves to be remembered as illustrative of the ed, and about midnight was awakened by Colonel (afterward General) Forrest, who was searching for his son, whom he supposed to have been kill
sought the sleep of exhaustion in dread of some sudden sally, not knowing how they lay toward friend or foe. Jordan estimates the losses of the 6th ( Life of Forrest, page 138) at 6,500. There were, of course, many stragglers. He estimates the Confederate infantry, ready for battle on the morning of the 7th, at 20,000 men. Jhanded me on the battle-field, which encouraged the hope that the main part of Buell's forces had marched in the direction of Decatur. He says (in his Life of Forrest, page 136) that this emanated from a reliable officer, placed near Florence for observation, and adds: Buell's timely junction with General Grant was accordturn the tide of battle in the morning, it was expected, therefore, that the next day's work would be merely to pick up the spoils of victory. During the night, Forrest reported that reinforcements were arriving; but no other steps were taken than the usual precautions against surprise by an army in the face of the enemy. Lew