success, was agreed to by unanimous consent, and preparations were made accordingly.
The troops designated for the grand sortie, about ten thousand in number, were under the command of Generals Pillow and Bushrod R. Johnston, the former being chief.
They were put in motion from Dover at five o'clock on Saturday morning ;
Feb. 15. Colonel Baldwin's brigade of three regiments of Mississippi and Tennessee troops in advance, followed by four Virginia regiments, under Colonels Wharton and McCausland, and several more under Colonels Davidson, Drake, and others.
These were accompanied by Forest's cavalry and thirty heavy guns, with a full complement of artillerists.
This main body were directed to attack McClernand's troops, who
Bushrod R. Johnston. occupied the heights that reached to the river, just above Dover.
Buckner was directed to strike Wallace's division, which lay across the Wynne's Ferry road, at about the same time, so that it should not be in a condition to aid McCler