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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Recollections of General Earl Van Dorn. (search)
s brilliant career in Tennessee he captured more men than he had in his own command. I may not be entirely accurate in all I have said, but substantially it is correct. If, however, you wish to be minute, you had better send this to General Forrest or General Jackson, either of whom can verify it or correct any inaccuracy of my memory if it be at fault. It is deeply to be regretted that the details of Van Dorn's plans and actions as a cavalry commander in Tennessee, or while covering Pemberton's retreat before Grant to Grenada, and in the signal affair at Holly Springs, fraught as the latter was with results more momentous than those involved in any action of its kind of which I ever knew or heard, should be lost to the history of cavalry; but I fear to trust my memory, and must confine myself to these brief outlines, hoping that some of those who followed him, whose memory is better than mine, may yet do justice to a cavalier whose feats, when written out, must give him a place
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Joseph E. Johnston. (search)
. As the troops in Arkansas and those under Pemberton had the same great object—the defence of theefore, the union of the forces of Holmes and Pemberton; those of Bragg to co-operate if practicable by him respecting the commands of Bragg and Pemberton, as well as objections interposed by him to ison of three thousand men. Until April 14th Pemberton's telegrams indicated an effort against Bragriver. On the 29th of April and 1st of May, Pemberton announced a movement upon Grand Gulf, with ag. Johnston replied on the instant, telling Pemberton to unite all his troops from every quarter forward with his little army, at once ordered Pemberton to come up, with all the strength he could aration. Clinton was seventeen miles east of Pemberton. As is well known, and, doubtless, because of the importance ascribed to Vicksburg, Pemberton moved south instead of east, with a part only of between the disaster which was sustained by Pemberton at Baker's Creek, and the victory at Clinton