43.-operations in Tennessee Valley.
Major-General Hazen's report.
see Brown's Ferry, Georgia.
headquarters Second brigade, Second division, Twenty-First army corps, Chattanooga, Oct. 8, 1863. Lieutenant-Colonel C. Goddard, A. A. General, Headquarters Dept. Cumb.:
In obedience to orders received at Poe's Tavern, September third, 1863, from Headquarters of the Department, I assumed command of all the troops in the Tennessee Valley, embracing Wagner's and my own brigade of infantry, Minty's brigade of cavalry, and Wilder's brigade of mounted infantry — in all between six and seven thousand men — with orders to keep these forces well in hand, to closely watch the movements of the enemy at all the crossings of the Tennessee River, make such dispositions of the force as should lead the enemy to believe that the valley was occupied by a large force, and to cross ourselves and occupy Chattanooga at the earliest opportunity.
The forces were scattered from Kingston to W
53.-Beauregade's letter to Pierre Soule.
headquarters Drpartment of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, Charleston, S. C., December 8, 1863. Hon. Pierre Soule, Richmond, Va.:
My dear, and attended with inevitable results such as our disasters in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Northern Georgia.
2. We must arrange for a sudden and rapid concentration, upon some selected, decisive sortion of the Confederacy.
It would also be a deplorable injury to the energetic, populous State of Georgia, and cripple the resources of that people.
We should, therefore, regard Atlanta as the actr besieged, until troops for their relief could be detached as required from the army in North-western Georgia.
I will now state, approximately, what troops may, in my belief, be drawn from the follhe army at or about Dalton, namely:
From Alabama and Mississippi10,000
From South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida8,000
From North Carolina2,000