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probably the one man in the world who could have prevented it, and his arguments were the only ones that could have proved effectual. Both of these young men attained high rank and distinction in the civil war; the writer of the above in the Confederate Army, and his principal in the Federal Army. The other incident occurred at the crisis of the Nicaragua filibustering fever, and is narrated as follows by my informant: A battalion was raised in and around San Antonio to go to General Walker's assistance, and I was waited upon by a committee to know whether I would accept a command. Nothing could have been more consonant to my feelings at the time; but, for some reason, I demanded until the next day before returning an answer, suggesting, in the mean time, to swell the numbers by additional recruits. While that was going on that night quite briskly in the plaza, General Johnston came along, and, taking me by the arm, asked me to accompany him out of the crowd. Then, turni
advance to Fort Laramie to recruit in strength before the main body came up; but, unfortunately, this was not done. The Second Dragoons were detained in Kansas in consequence of the political troubles there; and, finally, at the request of Governor Walker, and probably in accordance with his own wishes, General Harney was himself retained in command of that department. From information received, it began to be feared that the dissension might end in a rupture with the Mormons, and apprehewhich the rapidly-approaching winter threatened. So much was a terrible disaster feared by those well acquainted with the rigors of a winter life in the Rocky Mountains, that General Harney was said to have predicted it, and to have induced Governor Walker (of Kansas) to ask for his retention. The route was not then, as now, lined with settlements and ranches, which would afford some comfort to man and beast. The narrow valleys, already grazed over by thousands of animals, yielded a scant
cape up the river-bank without pursuit, if their onward career had not been sharply checked at the secondary bank. Just as the shattered Confederates took refuge behind this bank, Pillow, who had sent to Polk for an additional regiment, found Knox Walker's regiment, the Second Tennessee, coming to his support. He pushed it forward to the edge of the bank, and it sustained the attack of the Federals, until the dispersed and beaten Confederates had made their way through the timber, up the river-bank, and, with the tenacity of American soldiers, had rallied for a renewal of the contest. But, though Walker's regiment maintained itself stubbornly for a while, it could not bear the entire brunt of the contest under the deadly fire of the Federals, flushed with success. At last it retired up the bank, keeping up a steady fire as it fell back. When the Federals had obtained possession of the whole river-front of the camps, they advanced to the bank, and opened an artillery-fire on Co
telegraphed, February 12th, for these troops to report, by the shortest possible route to Corinth, for orders from General Beauregard. Generals Chalmers and L. Pope Walker were already on the line of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, with considerable commands. These pages have evinced how many and how strenuous efforts had bgard came to the Army of the West with his staff only. The troops collected under his command at Corinth were composed of Polk's corps, Bragg's corps, Ruggles's, Walker's, and Chalmers's brigades, and the new troops sent forward by the Governors. Careless writers have assumed that this considerable army was summoned into being, 's well-disciplined troops, who had been all the fall in training. at Pensacola; Ruggles's reinforcement, detached from Lovell at New Orleans; and Chalmers's and Walker's commands, as stated. To these were added such new levies as the Governors had in rendezvous, who in this emergency were sent to the front, even without arms, a
commanded the First corps, Maj.-Gen. W. J. Hardee the Third, and Maj.-Gen. John C. Breckinridge the Reserve corps. The Tennesseeans were assigned as follows: In Polk's corps, First division, Brig.-Gen. Charles Clark commanding—the Twelfth, Thirteenth and Twenty-second regiments, and Bankhead's battery, to the First brigade, Col. R. M. Russell; the Fourth and Fifth regiments to the Second brigade, Brig.-Gen. A. P. Stewart. Second division, Maj.-Gen. B. F. Cheatham commanding—the Second (Knox Walker's), Fifteenth, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth (senior), and Polk's battery, to the First brigade, Brig.-Gen. Bushrod R. Johnson; the First, Sixth and Ninth to the Second brigade, Col. W. H. Stephens. In Bragg's corps, the Thirty-eighth regiment was assigned to Col. Preston Pond's brigade of Ruggles' division; the Fifty-first and Fifty-second to Brigadier-General Chalmers' brigade of Withers' division. In Hardee's corps, Brigadier-General Cleburne's brigade included the Thirty-fifth, Tw
k the same summoned just opposite Columbus, between Col. Tappen's Arkansas regiment, Col. Blythe's 18th Tennessee regiment, and about 5,000 or 6,000 Federals, Shortly after, Col. Marke's Louisiana regiment, Col. Pickett's, Col. Freeman's and Col. Knox Walker's Tennessee regiments were sent over. The Federals were in a strip of woods, and our men in the open field. We also had the Watson battery (Louisiana) on that side the river. In half an hour Tappan's and Wright's regiments were broken and scattered to the winds — soon after we lost Watson's battery. In half an hour more, Pickett, Walker, and Freeman were whipped and routed too. The engagement was not more than half a mile from the river — these were all the men on hand able to get across the river up to 1 o'clock.--Our men rallied several times, but could not stand the charge. After our battery was taken, the enemy run their battery close to the river bank, and fired upon the steamers, so as to prevent any more men from la
Jesse M Tate, John Y Bayless, Henry D Small, Josiah Horn, Esq. John Houston, Gabriel Smither, John Trigg, Jo Stoner, A O Harris, Thos W Hunt, O Murran, Dan Hughes, Bishop J H Otey, Rufus Joiner, Capt. Wm Wray, Elijah Cheek, John rannora, Knox Walker, Wm Thompson, Esq, James Royd, T J Crofferd, J E Morton, Person W Bryant, W C Hasselt, Matt Farrington, James Adams, C W Alexander, Mrs. Hurr, Mrs. Low Smith, Mrs. Wm Houston, Mrs. Miles Temple, Mrs. Austin Fowikes, Miles M Temple, D McCombs, ferd, J E Morton, Person W Bryant, W C Hasselt, Matt Farrington, James Adams, C W Alexander, Mrs. Hurr, Mrs. Low Smith, Mrs. Wm Houston, Mrs. Miles Temple, Mrs. Austin Fowikes, Miles M Temple, D McCombs, Wm Thomas, Dr. J S Walker, S B Curtis, John W Todne, Duncan B Flerson, Nov. 1863; Wm A Blythe, Thomas James, Dec. 1863; John C McLemore, Feb. 1863; S Y Watson, Mrs. S Y Watson, Mrs. Cave, Mrs. W D Ferguson, Elijah Carter, Theodore Affrick, James Bora Sheppard, of the firm of Sheppard & Moore.