eral army; which, defeated so far from its base, could have little chance of escape.
That success would enable us to overwhelm Rosecrans, by joining General Bragg with the victorious army, and transfer the war to the Ohio River, and to the State of Missouri, in which the best part of the population was friendly to us. I visited him in his office for this purpose, and began to explain myself.
Before I had finished, he asked me, with a smile, to listen to a few lines on the subject; and, openins of Lieutenant-Generals Holmes and Pemberton, united for the purpose; those of General Bragg cooperating, if practicable.
The defeat of General Grant would enable us to hold the Mississippi, and permit Lieutenant-General Holmes to move into Missouri.
As our troops are now distributed, Vicksburg is in danger.
This suggestion was not adopted, nor noticed.
Several railroad accidents delayed me in my journey to Chattanooga — the location for my headquarters chosen by the War Depart