he 31st of October, 1862, General Bragg, having made a short visit to Richmond, there obtained the sanction of the Confederate Government for a movement into middle Tennessee.
Returning to Knoxville, General Bragg made preparations with the utmost rapidity for the advance to Murfreesboro‘, where General Breckinridge was already pe army would have presented a fine appearance.
On November 24th, 1862, the commands of Lieutenant-General Pemberton at Vicksburg, and that of General Bragg in Tennessee, were placed under General Joseph E. Johnston, and his official headquarters were established at Chattanooga.
Immediately thereafter General Johnston visited Muident Davis ordered General Johnston, then near
Brigadier-General R. W. Hanson, C. S. A., killed at Stone's River.
From a photograph.
Vicksburg, to go to Tennessee, with authority, if he thought it wise, to relieve Bragg from command.
Johnston's arrival was hailed with joy, for our army specially wanted him as their comman
his horse and was soon back with his own corps, which he immediately ordered to open fire.
The battle of Perryville, a hard-fought fight against many odds, was merely a favorable incident which decided nothing.
Our army, however, was elated and did not dream of a retreat, as we had held the field and bivouacked on it. But the commanding general, full of care, summoned his lieutenant-generals to a council in which both advised retreat.
The next day General Smith's army was called to Harrodsburg, where a junction of the two forces was effected, and where a position was selected to receive Buell's attack ;--this, however, not being made, Bragg was enabled to take measures for an immediate retrograde.
Forrest was at once dispatched by forced marches to take position at Murfreesboro‘, and prepare it for occupancy by the retreating Confederates.
The conduct of the retreat was intrusted to Polk.
Our army fell back first to Camp Dick Robinson, whence the retreat began in earnest,