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olk, and formed the corps of the Army which he commanded. Of these, Canty's Division of about three thousand (3000) effectives reached Resaca on the 9th of May. Loring's of five thousand (5000) on the 11th; French's of four thousand (4000) joined us at Cassville on the 18th; and Quarles's brigade of twenty-two hundred (2200) at m Dalton on the night of the 12th and the morning of the 13th of May, and, as just cited, Cantry's Division of three thousand (3000) was at Resaca on the 9th, and Loring's of five thousand (5000) on the 11th. Thus, we discover fourteen thousand two hundred (14,200) infantry, and thirty-nine hundred (3900) cavalry under General llowing information obtained from the War Office: Johnston's Narrative, page 590. It was not till the 4th of May that General Polk was ordered to move with Loring's Division and other available force at your command to Rome, Georgia, and thence unite with General Johnston. On the same page he states that on the 6th of May t
n order to destroy the Army under General Grant. We should march to the front as soon as possible, so as not to allow the enemy to concentrate, and advance upon us. The addition of a few horses for our artillery will place this Army in fine condition. It is well clothed, well fed, the transportation is excellent and in the greatest possible quantity required. I feel that a move from this position, in sufficient force, will relieve our entire country. The troops under Generals Polk and Loring having united with the forces here, and a junction being made with General Longstreet, will give us an Army of sixty or seventy thousand (60,000 or 70,000) men, which I think should be sufficient to defeat and destroy all the Federals on this side of the Ohio river. I sincerely hope and trust that this opportunity may be given to drive the enemy beyond the limits of the Confederacy. I never before felt that we had it so thoroughly within our power. He, the enemy, is at present weak, an
General Johnston gave the orders for the armies to move to the south side of the Etowah. Lieutenant General Polk called to his A. A. General to issue orders to his Division Commanders. This was about 10.30 or I o'clock. The orders to Major General Loring, Army of Mississippi, were given me to deliver; also one to him to order to report to me an officer with three hundred (300) men to occupy the exposed part of Major General French's line, as soon as his command was withdrawn. I was inswould indicate the presence of the withdrawn command, and to cut timber and drive stakes to indicate that works were being thrown up, and to remain there until daylight and observe the movements of the enemy before leaving. I went at once to General Loring's headquarters on the left of the Cassville road, saw that General, and delivered the orders; obtained the officer and detail, and arrived at General French's line about half-past 11 o'clock, and found that command ready to move; by twelve o'
on of a portion of the ground Lee desired to occupy, and the struggle grew to such dimensions that I sent Lieutenant General Stewart to his support. The contest lasted till near sunset without any material advantage having been gained by either opponent. Our troops failed to dislodge the enemy from their position, and the Federals likewise to capture the position occupied by the Confederates. Although the actual loss was small in proportion to the numbers engaged, Generals Stewart, Brown, Loring, and Johnson, were slightly wounded. I desired of Lieutenant General Lee an opinion as to the manner in which our troops had conducted themselves upon the field. In answer to my request, he replied that he could not succeed in bringing about united action; whilst one brigade fought gallantly, another failed to do its duty. I learned afterwards that such indeed was the case, notwithstanding he had led one or more to the attack, and had even offered to lead others. Although this affair occ
5,601 5,945 5,499 4,690 Aggregate 112,819 106,050 91,675 81,758 near Greensboro, North Carolina, May 1, 1865. I. The effective strength of the Army of Tennessee, as shown by the tri-monthly return of the 1st of May, 1864, was : Johnston's Narrative, pages 574, 575. Infantry 37,652 40,464 Intillery 2,812 Cavalry 2,392   This was the entire strength of the Army at and near Dalton at that date. 2. The movement from Dalton began on the 12th May. On that day Loring's Division, Army of Mississippi, and Cantry's Division, joined at Resaca, with about eight thousand (8000) effectives. French's Division, same. Army, joined near Kingston several days later (about four thousand (4000) effectives). Quarles's brigade from Mobile (about twenty-two hundred (2200) effectives) joined at New Hope Church on the 26th. The cavalry of the Mississippi Army, which joined near Adairsville, was estimated at three thousand nine hundred (3900) effectives; and Martin's Cav
capture that place, if, in the judgment of the commanding officer, the achievement was feasible. See Official Report, Appendix, page 326. The main body of the Army in the meantime moved forward, and bivouacked near Carley's house, within four miles of Lost Mountain. On the 4th, General Stewart captured, after a slight resistance, about one hundred and seventy prisoners, at Big Shanty, and, at 9.30 a. m., the garrison at Ackworth, numbering two hundred and fifty men, surrendered to General Loring. The forces under these officers joined the main body near Lost Mountain on the morning of the 5th, having, in addition, destroyed about ten or fifteen miles of the railroad. I had received information — and General Shoupe records the same in his diary — that the enemy had in store, at Allatoona, large supplies which were guarded by two or three regiments. As one of the main objects of the campaign was to deprive the enemy of provisions, Major General French was ordered to move with
two miles to the right, and my right division (Loring's) did not move forward — following the one onything in our front on our side of the creek. Loring's Division was on the right, Walthall's in thegiven were obeyed promptly and with alacrity. Loring's Division moved forward and carried the works distance. Learning the cause of the check to Loring's and Walthall's Divisions, an officer was disced, and the conflict terminated. The loss in Loring's and Walthall's Divisions, especially the foright, had nearly gained the Lick-Skillet road, Loring's and Walthall's Divisions had been relieved aAccordingly Walthall's Division was moved out (Loring's following as support), and formed on Lee's lesperate fight and heavy loss to dislodge him, Loring's Division was placed in position along the Liof Loring's. A short time previous to this General Loring was wounded, leaving his division under thtewart, Lieutenant General. Reports from Loring's Division and from Major General French of ac[2 more...]