, and not yet united at any, notwithstanding his unceasing efforts to bring them together—consisted of about five thousand men of the Army of Tennessee and the troops of the Department under General Hardee, amounting to about eleven thousand. Two thousand of the former, commanded by Major-General Stevenson, were near Charlotte.
One thousand, under Lieutenant-General Stewart, were near Newberry, approaching Charlotte; and two thousand, under Major-General Cheatham, were between Newberry and Augusta, also marching towards Charlotte.
The troops of the Department, under Lieutenant-General Hardee's command, were moving from Charleston to Cheraw.
Eleven hundred of them were South Carolina militia and reserves, not expected to leave the State.
General Johnston's Narrative of Military Operations, p. 572.
The concentration of all their available forces within any given time, at any given place, was not the greatest obstacle that Generals Johnston and Beauregard had to overcome; the q