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tical pressure brought to bear upon Mr. Davis was very great, but no man was ever less amenable to such considerations; and that his appointments were made with sole reference to efficiency is best evinced by the subsequent careers of the men selected. To the Second Regiment of cavalry, which was intended for immediate service in Texas, General Johnston was appointed as colonel, with rank from March 3, 1855. Brevet Colonel Robert E. Lee was made lieutenant-colonel; and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel William J. Hardee and Major George H. Thomas, majors. Hardee was afterward a lieutenant-general in the Confederate army, and was always found equal to the occasion. Thomas is equally well known as a distinguished general on the Northern side. Among the captains were Earl Van Dorn, E. Kirby Smith, and N. G. Evans, who were generals in the Confederate army; and I. N. Palmer, George Stoneman, and R. W. Johnson, who held the same rank in the Union army. Among the subalterns, John B. Hood, C
Demand for General Johnston in the West. his orders. rank. command. Missouri. its politics. Blair and Lyon. Jackson and Price. camp Jackson. War. battle of Wilson's Creek. capture of Lexington. Fremont advances. Price retires. Hardee. Kentucky. her people and politics. John C. Breckinridge. other leaders. Simon B. Buckner. political contest. Duplicity. neutrality. secret Union clubs. Unionists prevail. camp Boone. military preparations. General Robert Anderson. d gained prestige and some material advantages, and had employed a large force of the enemy. Fremont then advanced slowly, with a numerous army, as far as Springfield, where he was relieved November 2d. During General Price's operations, General Hardee had assembled six or seven thousand men, at Pocahontas, in Northeastern Arkansas. Some ineffectual attempts were made toward combined movements by this force with Price and with Pillow, who became otherwise employed. But virulent types of c
ment by the enemy on Pocahontas, by the way of Chalk Bluffs. While it was expected to make the campaign in Tennessee defensive, the intention was to carry on active operations in Missouri by a combined movement of the armies of Price, McCulloch, Hardee, and Pillow, aided by Jeff Thompson's irregular command. It has already been seen that this plan failed through want of cooperation. Both Generals Polk and Pillow felt the pressing necessity for the occupation of Columbus, and on August 28th Pimauga, in baffling Sherman in February, 1864, and in General J. E. Johnston's retreat from North Georgia, his courage and skill made him one of the main supports of the Confederate cause in the West. Whoever was at the head, it was upon Polk and Hardee, the corps commanders, as upon two massive pillars, that the weight of organization and discipline rested. General Polk was made a lieutenant-general, October 10, 1862, and was killed by a shell aimed at him, June 14, 1864, near Marietta, Georgi
er of the contest. He was equally impressed with the necessity for prompt and decisive action. He felt that, to meet the enemy, he required a large number of troops, and he required them at once. It will now be shown that his measures to recruit an army were not less energetic than his attempts to obtain arms and munitions of war. The urgency of his appeals for men was in singular contrast to the apparent apathy of the people. General Johnston's first step was to concentrate his men. Hardee's command was drawn in from Northeastern Arkansas, where it had been lying in the swamps for six months, sick and crippled, and was added to the nucleus of an army at Bowling Green. Terry's splendid regiment of Texan Rangers, which was detained in Louisiana, dismounted, was, at its own request and on General Johnston's application, allowed to report to him on condition that he would supply it with horses. It was brought to the front, and in November was on active picket-service. On Buckne
n Kentucky. organization of the army. sketch of General William J. Hardee. Hindman, Cleburne, Marmaduke, and Brown. Zollio General Johnston entitle him — to fuller notice. William Joseph Hardee was of a good Georgia family, and was born in 1815.orgia, he promptly followed the fortunes of his State. Hardee was first sent to command in Mobile Bay, but, in June, 186ny valuable achievement. Under General Johnston, however, Hardee was with a superior officer, whom he knew, under whom he hh a work portray the man. The writer's estimate of General Hardee, based upon both social and official intercourse, is vlready characterized him while a cadet at West Point. Hardee was an accomplished soldier. His qualities were such as cheavily on a discomfited foe. Some in the old army thought Hardee ambitious. If so, his ambition was well regulated. He doient servant, W. W. Makall, A. A. General. Brigadier-General W. J. Hardee, commanding, etc. It will be seen that th
ion, en route from Columbus, reach here as I expect in a few days, they will be compelled to attack me here with my force thus considerably increased. I do not think they will attempt to turn my position. General Hindman, with his brigade of Hardee's division, is at Bell's, on the railroad and pike, with Swett's battery; his front is covered with the Texas and Arkansas Cavalry. Breckinridge, with his brigade of Buckner's division, is at Oakland, ten miles in rear of Hindman's, with Morgan'sgow. His scouts keep the country under observation toward Woodsonville and Columbia. Should the enemy move in force on this route, the bridge across the Barren and other streams toward Glasgow will be burned. The remainder of the divisions of Hardee and Buckner, and the sixty days State troops from Mississippi, recently arrived, under the command of Major-General R. Davis, are stationed here-my whole force amounting, as before remarked, to 17,000 men. A brigade, under General Clark, is p
nce held by Generals Johnston, Beauregard, and Hardee. plan of campaign. military prophecy. Colonnce held by Generals Johnston, Beauregard, and Hardee. Bowling Green, Kentucky, February 7, 1862. rters (Covington House), by Generals Johnston, Hardee, and myself (Colonel Mackall being present par presented in definite shape to Beauregard and Hardee, had been long maturing in General Johnston's the communication of the force here under General Hardee from the south bank of the Cumberland. Tos consequences of such an event, I ordered General Hardee yesterday to make, as promptly as it couldhe general orders for the march, he instructed Hardee to Let it be known that the object is to secursequently burned. At half-past 3 o'clock, General Hardee retired from the town with the last of hiswas the response from the mob. Generals Floyd, Hardee, and myself, had to make speeches to them befoartment, the corps under the command of Major-General Hardee completed the evacuation of Bowling Gre[2 more...]
assumed command of the army on the 23d of February, thus relieving Hardee, who had thus far been holding the immediate command. As has been ris of Donelson. The army was reorganized in three divisions under Hardee, Crittenden, and Pillow respectively; with a reserve brigade under e army took up the line of march, Hindman's brigade in advance, and Hardee covering the rear with all the cavalry. Orders prescribed twelve tppian-telegraphed thus: Memphis, March 1, 1862. If Johnston and Hardee are not removed, the army is demoralized. President Davis must com Nashville, with reinforcements arriving. My rear-guard, under General Hardee, is protecting the removal of provisions from Shelbyville. Las Hindman's and Wood's, are, I suppose, at Corinth. One regiment of Hardee's division (Lieutenant-Colonel Patton commanding) is moving by car will halt at Iuka, the regiment at Burnsville; Cleburne's brigade, Hardee's division, except regiment, at Burnsville; and Carroll's brigade,
nder Rosecrans, the victory for a time was his. A bloody repulse of Hardee at the moment when the latter was thought to be giving the finishinur weeks, fragments of commands from Bowling Green, Kentucky, under Hardee; Columbus, Kentucky, under Polk; and Pensacola, Mobile, and New Orlur corps, commanded respectively by Major-Generals Polk, Bragg, and Hardee, and Brigadier-General Breckinridge, General Albert Sidney Johnstonrg. Beauregard second in command, Polk the left, Bragg the centre, Hardee the right wing, Breckinridge the reserve. Hope engagement before Breek, and its left on Lick Creek: 1. The Third Corps, under Major-General Hardee, will advance as soon as practicable on the Ridge road from Beauregard, with two good guides, will report for service to Major-General Hardee. 3. At 3 A. M. to-morrow the Third Corps with the left in ftroops, during the battle, will also be under the command of Major-General Hardee. He will make the proper disposition of the artillery al
— for time was precious — the movement began. Hardee led the advance, the Third Corps, that afternoivouacked that night near Mickey's, in rear of Hardee's corps, with a proper interval. The FirstCleburne's brigade, and on the extreme left of Hardee's line. He says: The wishes of General Bragg to move his command. Before ten o'clock Hardee's corps had reached the outposts, and developed. General Johnston meanwhile rode forward to Hardee's line, where some slight skirmishing seemed trived on the field a little after six o'clock. Hardee's line was already formed, and the general-in-es Generals Johnston, Beauregard, Polk, Bragg, Hardee (Hardee was not present, but Gilmer was), and nd put under Hardee's command for the battle. Hardee's three brigades numbered 6,789 effectives, an Shiloh Church and Mickey's, in front of which Hardee's corps was deploying. Indeed, Colonel Bucklaew there was no hostile party in six miles, Hardee was not more than two miles distant. though th[17 more...]<
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