nd River, and under the command of General Zollicoffer, who, as I understood the matter, had been stationed there by General Johnston to prevent the enemy under Schopf, and confronting him on the opposite side of the river, from crossing and penetrater made a mistake in crossing to the right bank of the Cumberland, and that thence it resulted as a consequence that General Johnston's right flank of his line through Bowling Green was uncovered.
I do not perceive the correctness of the conclusion,uld have retreated without the discomfiture of his force or the loss of his artillery and equipments, but in either case Johnston's right flank would have been alike uncovered.
To Zollicoffer and the other brave patriots who fell with him, let praunding the command, it would be better to retain and strengthen the position chosen.
General Polk, in a report to General Johnston just previous to the battle of Shiloh, said: The principal difficulty in the way of a successful defense of the rive
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defense of GeneralA conference was held on February 7th by Generals Johnston, Beauregard (who had been previously orded by Colonel Munford, an aide-de-camp of General Johnston, in an address delivered in Memphis: Diss Green reached Nashville, and on the 18th General Johnston wrote to the Secretary of War at Richmond a speedy change of his plans necessary.
General Johnston was now compelled to withdraw his forces lson, who were reorganized, the force of General Johnston was increased to seventeen thousand men. and the peculiar topography of the state, General Johnston found that he could not with the force unmber, and disposition of the troops under General Johnston.
Great feeling was shown in the debates.is state of affairs, under the command of General Johnston, was the occasion of the following corresch had brought such unmeasured censure on General Johnston for some months preceding this correspond[11 more...]
position and the battle have been commenced on Saturday morning. The program and purpose of General Johnston appear from his dispatch of the 3d, and from the disappointment evinced by him at the failu was suggested that the enemy's supplies were much nearer, and could be had for the taking, General Johnston quietly remarked, Gentlemen, we shall attack at daylight to-morrow.
The meeting then dispesing his dissent; when, rapid firing in the front indicating that the attack had commenced, General Johnston closed the discussion by remarking: The battle has opened, gentlemen; it is too late to chaour forces; whereas, if that had been captured, and the waters of the Tennessee reached, as General Johnston designed, it was not too much to expect that Grant's army would have surrendered; that Buell's forces would not have crossed the Tennessee; with a skillful commander like Johnston to lead our troops, however, the enemy would have sought safety on the north bank of the Ohio; that Tennessee,