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Enterprise (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
gadier-General Leadbetter, fifteen thousand infantry would be necessary for the defense of the place on the land-side in the event of a siege. He had but two thousand; and they and the troops remaining in Mississippi, to join the garrison if necessary, amounted to but eleven thousand. On the 29th Lieutenant-General Hardee was assigned by the Administration to the service of reorganizing the prisoners paroled at Vicksburg and then returning from furlough. He fixed his headquarters at Enterprise, where Hebert's and Baldwin's brigades had been ordered to assemble. Being summoned by the judge-advocate, Major Barton, to attend the court of inquiry, to be held in Atlanta, in relation to the loss of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, I set out for that place in the evening of the 2d of September, but stopped in Montgomery in consequence of intelligence received there that its time of meeting had been postponed. On the 6th, while still there, I received a dispatch from General Bragg, askin
Morton (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
cted to attack. instead of attacking, begin a siege. evacuation of Jackson. army withdrawn to Morton. enemy, after burning much of Jackson, retire to Vicksburg. relieved of command of Department , in search of good camping-ground, until the 20th, when we halted three or four miles west of Morton. Two divisions of Federal infantry and a body of cavalry, drove our cavalry rear-guard thrount-General Hardee, transferred from the Army of Tennessee to that of Mississippi, had arrived at Morton. Confidence in that distinguished soldier made me feel at liberty to leave the army. I thereforal Lee. The accusations of this letter were answered seriatim, on my return to my office in Morton, in a letter dated August 8th. In its next session, and on the 11th of December, Congress ca the President and I thought ought not to be done constituted failure to discharge my duties. Morton, August 8, 1863. Mr. President: I. (Copy.) Your letter of July 15th was handed to me in Mo
Ringgold, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
ement of recent affairs in Mississippi, and ascertain the causes of our disasters. Although the purpose of this investigation was to decide whether Lieutenant-General Pemberton or myself was responsible for those disasters, the arrangement made by the Administration did not make me a party to it. In a telegram of that date to General Cooper, I claimed the right to be present for my defense, and on the 21st the War Department conceded that right. On the 22d the following dispatch, dated Ringgold, August 21st, was received from General Bragg: Enemy in force opposite us, and reported in large force moving on Knoxville. Will need help if he advances with his troops from Tennessee and Kentucky. I immediately asked the War Department, by telegraph, if I was authorized to reenforce General Bragg with a part of the troops of the Department of Mississippi, if he should require aid, and informed General Bragg of the inquiry; telling him also that, in the event of an affirmative answer, t
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
ssary, as you were informed in my dispatch of 8th instant, that I should make a more extended reply than could be given in a telegram. That there may be no possible room for further mistake in the matter, I am compelled to recapitulate the substance of all orders and instructions given to you, so far as they bear on this question. II. On the 24th November last you were assigned, by Special Order No. 275, to a definite geographical command. Tie description includes a portion of Western North Carolina, and Northern Georgia, the States of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, and that part of the State of Louisiana east of the Mississippi River. The order concluded in the following language: General Johnston will, for the purpose of correspondence and reports, establish his headquarters at Chattanooga, or such other place as in his judgment will best secure communication with the troops within the limits of his command, and will repair in person to any part of said command, wheneve
Raymond (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
aving failed to seize those opportunities, by falling upon McClernand's corps on the 12th, General Grant's report. when it was between Fourteen-mile Creek and his camp, near Edwards's Depot, and Sherman's and McPherson's corps were at and near Raymond. On all those occasions, the chances of success would have been decidedly in his favor, and the consequences of victory much greater, and of defeat much less, to him than to his adversary. It was evident, after the 12th, that the Federal ary's division was unsupported General Grant's report. till eleven o'clock, when McPherson with his two divisions arrived by the Jackson road. It was at least an hour General Grant's report. later when McClernand's corps appeared, coming from Raymond. The advantage of engaging the three fractions of the Federal army successively, would, inevitably, have given General Pemberton the victory; and, as the enemy had abandoned their communications, such a result would have been more disastrous t
Texas (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
that occupied by General Lee. The accusations of this letter were answered seriatim, on my return to my office in Morton, in a letter dated August 8th. In its next session, and on the 11th of December, Congress called for the correspondence of the President, Secretary of War, and Adjutant and Inspector General, with General J. E. Johnston, during the months of May, June, and July, concerning his command, and the operations in his department. This was on the motion of Mr. Grimes, of Texas, a devoted follower of the President. In his letter to Congress accompanying the correspondence, the President explained: As the resolution fixes definitely the dates within which the correspondence is desired, I have not deemed it proper to add any thing which was prior or subsequent to those dates. On that principle, his charges against me, making much the larger part of his share of the correspondence, were not accompanied by my defense. Yet six papers less relevant were included --
Colliersville (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
oops from Coldwater, after a slight skirmish, and that on the 8th he had encountered a body of two thousand with six field-pieces, at Salem, and routed it after an engagement of three hours. His loss was three killed and forty-seven wounded. Ten of the enemy were killed, but the number of their wounded could not b1e ascertained. On the 12th, at Byhalia, he reported that, after tearing up the rails of the Memphis & Charleston road in four places, he had attacked the Federal forces at Colliersville in their camp, driven them into their intrenchments, burned the camp and a quantity of military property, including thirty wagons, brought off a hundred and four prisoners, five colors, and about twenty wagons. He did not learn the enemy's loss in killed and wounded. His own was fifty. On the approach of fresh Federal troops from Lafayette and Germantown, he retreated to Byhalia. On the 14th, at Oxford, he reported that eleven regiments of cavalry had followed him to Byhalia and a
Tuscumbia (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
rough Tennessee, and suggested to General Bragg, in that connection, the expediency of adding General Roddy's brigade, belonging to his department, and then near Tuscumbia, to Major-General Lee's detachment. That officer was instructed to make the expedition as soon as possible, and to select from it about twenty-five hundred oyment for his troops without going far, however; for General Sherman's corps, on its way from Vicksburg via Memphis, to the army at Chattanooga, was then between Tuscumbia and Corinth. In a dispatch dated 22d, and received on the 26th, he reported that he was then ten miles west of Tuscumbia, impeding the march of Sherman's corpsTuscumbia, impeding the march of Sherman's corps toward Decatur, encountering Osterhaus's division, which was the leading one. General Sherman's headquarters were at Iuka. Brigadier-General Chalmers was immediately directed to do his utmost to interrupt the communication of those troops with Memphis, by breaking the railroad in their rear, and otherwise. In a telegram re
Dalton, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
my reply to it. Congress calls for the correspondence. my letter not furnished. both letters. events during the fall. ordered to take command of the army at Dalton. arrive on 26th and assume command on 27th of December. About seven o'clock in the morning of the 9th of July General Sherman, with three corps of the Federalcavalry near Bolton's Depot, directing me to transfer the command of the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana to Lieutenant-General Polk, and to repair to Dalton and assume that of the Army of Tennessee; and promising that I should find instructions there. In obedience to these orders, I transferred my command to Lieutassume that of the Army of Tennessee; and promising that I should find instructions there. In obedience to these orders, I transferred my command to Lieutenant-General Polk as soon as possible, proceeded to Dalton without delay, arrived in the evening of the 2G6th, and assumed the command of the Army of Tennessee on the 27th.
Vicksburg (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
my, after burning much of Jackson, retire to Vicksburg. relieved of command of Department of Tennery strongly and openly; ascribed the loss of Vicksburg to my misconduct, and asserted that, with tho repulse all the assaults of the enemy, and Vicksburg was reduced by blockade. It is certain, theon, all available troops, including those in Vicksburg, should have been concentrated for the objec Vicksburg. Being confident that, should Vicksburg be besieged, a Confederate force sufficient i; and that the attempt to reach Jackson and Vicksburg from that base would have been as signally dnd of April the portion of the river between Vicksburg and Port Hudson was more strongly held by thiting in person the armies at Murfreesboroa, Vicksburg, Mobile, and elsewhere; and on the 22d Janua inquiry, saying, My only plan is to relieve Vicksburg; my force is far too small for the purpose; held in Atlanta, in relation to the loss of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, I set out for that place in[37 more...]
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