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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 10 (search)
ce, and then strike and destroy the railroad from Nashville to Chattanooga, fulfills both conditions. To accomplish this, it is proposed that you move as soon as your means and force can be collected, so as to reach the Tennessee River near Kingston, where a crossing can be effected; that Lieutenant-General Longstreet move simultaneously by a route east and south of Knoxville, so as to form a junction with you near this crossing. As soon as you come within supporting distance, Knoxville is isolated, and Chattanooga threatened, with barely a possibility for the enemy to unite. Should he not then offer you battle outside of his intrenched lines, a rapid move across the mountains from Kingston to Sparta (a very practicable and easy route) would place you, with a formidable army, in a country full of resources, where it is supposed, with a good supply of ammunition, you may be entirely self-sustaining. And it is confidently believed that such a move would necessitate the withdrawal
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 11 (search)
Two roads lead southward from Adairsville-one following the railroad through Kingston, and, like it, turning almost at right angles to the east at that place; the oeral columns would be greatest when that following the railroad should be near Kingston. Lieutenant Buchanan thought that the communications between the columns at tooked country roads. In the morning of the 18th, Hardee's corps marched to Kingston; and Polk's and Hood's, following the direct road, halted within a mile of Casr halted on its right. Jackson's division observed the Federal column on the Kingston road, and Wheeler's troops that moving toward Cassville. Those two officers wrts showed that the head of the Federal column following the railroad was near Kingston, Lieutenant-General Hood was directed to move with his corps to a country roadined that the Federal army was moving westward, as if to cross the Etowah near Kingston; and, on the 24th, after defeating the troops guarding a large supply-train, n
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Memorandum for Colonel Browne, Aide-de-camp. (search)
four hundred artillery-horses are wanting. The chief quartermaster is procuring others. There are one hundred and twelve pieces, sixty of which are present, with teams, incapable of manoeuvring them on a field of battle. Forty-eight are near Kingston, to improve their horses. I have applied for the promotion and assignment of Colonel E. P. Alexander to the grade of brigadier-general to command this artillery. It requires such an officer to prepare it for the field. The efficient chief of that date. 2. The movement from Dalton began on the 12th of May. On that day Loring's division, Army of the Mississippi, and Canty's division, joined at Resaca, with about eight thousand effectives. French's division, same army, joined near Kingston several days later (about four thousand effectives). Quarles's brigade from Mobile (about twenty-two hundred effectives) joined at New Hope Church on the 26th. The cavalry of the Mississippi Army, which joined near Adairsville, was estimated at