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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Operations of the cavalry in Mississippi, from January to March, 1864.-report of General S. D. Lee. (search)
and at once put myself in communication with Major-General Forrest. In retiring from Meridian my command movedeneral to move with my disposable force to join General Forrest, who reported that the enemy's cavalry force, 8ved towards Starksville, the point indicated by General Forrest, leaving only Colonel Perrin's Mississippi regiaylight on the 23d arrived at Line Creek, where General Forrest was on the 22d, and found, much to my surprise treat twenty-four hours previously. On the 19th, Forrest moved from Starkesville, through West Point, towardthe 21st, and immediately commenced their retreat. Forrest, on the 22d, in the evening, commenced the pursuit, equal numbers. I had been led to believe from General Forrest's reports that the force of the enemy was superngagement till my arrival. Not having received General Forrest's report, I am not able to explain his move on Jackson, and Richardson's brigade of Tennessee and Forrest's cavalry were sent by my order to Grenada, from St
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Sherman's advance on Meridian — report of General W. H. Jackson. (search)
nd their gallant leader, General Ross, for their noble defence of the Yazoo country. At Meridian Adams's brigade was assigned temporarily to Ferguson's division. On the 16th I moved with two brigades towards Columbus, Miss., to reinforce General Forrest, and arrived at Starkesville on the 23d. The raiding party from the north, under General Smith, retired the day before, upon hearing of the approach of Major-General Lee's command. On the 24th, in compliance with orders, I moved my divisiorom that point to Starksville via Macon to meet the column advancing down the Mobile and Ohio railroad, from Tennessee, under command of Generals Smith and Grierson. Upon arrival at Starksville it was found that they had been driven back by General Forrest. I was then ordered by General Jackson to move my brigade to the vicinity of Sharon and Canton, via Kosciusko, which I did, arriving at Sharon on the 27th ultimo. I saw no more of the enemy until my arrival there, and as their column was
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The concentration before Shiloh-reply to General Ruggles. (search)
I will go outside my path and endeavor to answer his article. First, as to the personalities in which the General permits himself to indulge. They are so much out of place, so beneath the occasion, and so utterly unworthy of the gentleman I knew nineteen years ago as General Ruggles, I must be allowed to pass them over. As to the General's statement that no one ever heard of his division being late till twelve years had passed, permit me to call attention to page 110, Jordan's Life of Forrest, published in 1868. There it is stated that one division of Bragg's corps was late, and as the official reports and correspondence show that Withers was not late, and that Ruggles was, the inference is clear. We now come to the essential point in the General's reply. Who was responsible for the delay on the 5th of April, 1862, in the formation of the line of battle? In my first article, as said, I was disposed to put the blame on the elements, but General Ruggles has shown me in thi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Sherman's campaign in Mississippi in winter of 1864. (search)
ird Texas regiment kept up a sharp skirmish with them throughout the day. The following day I was ordered towards the northern part of the State, to reinforce General Forrest. Arrived at Starkesville, but too late to be of any service there, as the enemy had already been driven back, and were now in full retreat. At Starkesville,e. On the 26th of January, in obedience to telegraphic orders received late at night, the Second Tennessee battalion, my brigade, was ordered to report to Major-General Forrest; the Twelfth battalion, Mississippi cavalry, then on a scout to the line of the M. & C. railroad, was recalled, and the commanding officer directed to joinnually engaged with the enemy, the skirmishing at times being kept up until after dark. On the morning of the 20th of February, I left Almucha to reinforce General Forrest. On reaching Macon General Adams's brigade was temporarily placed under my command, thus giving me a division, with which, by forced marches I reached Starke
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of Hood's Tennessee campaign. (search)
t first determined to cross the Tennessee river above Decatur, but Forrest was near Jackson, Tennessee, and unacquainted with the plan of camcross the entire army at that point, and as soon as our commander (Forrest) received orders we hastened to Tuscumbia, where we joined Hood's fantry commanded by Generals Stewart, S. D. Lee and Cheatham, with Forrest in command of the cavalry. The entire force numbered about thirtye had two corps and a division of infantry and the greater part of Forrest's cavalry. Our force was fully sixteen thousand men, and I think id at the time, and I have always believed it to be true, that General Forrest asked permission to place his command across the pike, but wasblame for the blunder? No one accuses either General Stewart or Forrest of being in any way responsible. It was either the fault of Gener best of all our gallant army, with a picked command, and aided by Forrest, covered the retreat and enabled us to get out with 18,000 men. We
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The lost opportunity at Spring Hill, Tenn.--General Cheatham's reply to General Hood. (search)
ward toward Spring Hill, with instructions to communicate with General Forrest, who was near the village, ascertain from him the position of on that occasion General Hood was at the front with Cheatham's and Forrest's troops, and should have compelled the execution of his orders. command should have been pressed forward to reinforce Cheatham and Forrest. I have a note from General Hood, written after we moved round int point, see either troops or wagons moving on the Columbia pike. Forrest's cavalry were on higher ground, northeast of my position. I was my right flank, and I then discovered for the first time that General Forrest's cavalry, which I had been assured would protect my right, harrival at his quarters I found General Hood in conference with General Forrest, consequently I waited some time for an interview. I informedce: It makes no difference now, or it is all right anyhow, for General Forrest, as you see, has just left and informed me that he holds the t