calls upon the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee; and also upon Generals Van Dorn, Bragg, and Lovell, for immediate assistance.
sixty and ninety days troops.
the War Department not favorable to the method proposed, but f from Pensacola and Mobile, inviting him to come in person, if he could.
A similar demand for troops he addressed to General Lovell, at New Orleans; and General Van Dorn was requested to join him at once, with ten thousand of his forces, from Arkans Shorter, of Alabama, and Major-General Bragg, at Mobile; Dr. Samuel Choppin, to Governor Moore, of Louisiana, and Major-General Lovell, at New Orleans; Lieutenant A. N. T. Beauregard, to Governor Pettus, of Mississippi; and Major B. B. Waddell, who Chattanooga, to reinforce General Johnston, and some other regiments on their way to that point, which he recalled.
General Lovell also cheerfully responded—so did the four governors—promising to do their utmost in furtherance of the plan, and to r
rder addressed to General Bragg, and sending him to Mississippi, to relieve General Lovell. Mr. Davis, in his book, gives its concluding part, as follows:
Afthas just communicated to me a telegram sending him to relieve, temporarily, General Lovell.
His presence here I consider indispensable at this moment, especially as the latter, have simply sent General Van Dorn—as he actually did—to relieve General Lovell at Vicksburg, and would have ordered General Bragg to remain with the forcesident Davis, at all indispensable.
General Van Dorn, when sent to relieve General Lovell, did just as well; and we have yet to learn that he took even a company wit seemed to be to give up everything; that he had just received a despatch from Lovell, stating, unless reinforced, he would abandon Vicksburg; besides all this, he knew the people had no confidence in Lovell, and would not serve under him. He at once determined to send Bragg to Vicksburg, and on the 15th June, I think, telegraphe