road, of all troops then available in West Tennessee and North Mississippi.
Those at Grand Junction and Iuka he massed upon Corinth; those at Fort Pillow, and General Polk's forces at Humboldt and Lexington, he assembled at Bethel and Corinth, leaving detachments at Union City and Humboldt, to keep open the communications establiting distances of Corinth, some twenty-three thousand men of all arms, independently of the fourteen thousand, more or less, he had found in the district under General Polk, on the 17th of February.
He hoped to be joined, before the end of March, by General Johnston's command, of about thirteen thousand men—exclusive of cavalry—t (about 25,000 strong) were imperfectly armed, insufficiently drilled, and only partly disciplined.
They had but recently been organized into two corps, under Generals Polk and Bragg, composed of two divisions each.
General Beauregard believed that, under such circumstances, our only hope of success lay in striking a sudden, hea