at once for Memphis
, and had started it, under Osterhaus
, at 4 P. M. of that day. Repairing next day by order to Vicksburg
, he dispatched the rest of his corps up the river; following1
himself to Memphis
, whence he marched eastward, repairing and using the Charleston railroad for his trains, to Corinth
His forces having been sent forward from Memphis
in divisions, he took the cars,2
and reaching, about noon, Colliersville station, found there the 66th Indiana, Col. D. C. Anthony
, just undergoing an attack by Chalmers
, with 3,000 Rebel cavalry and 8 guns.
Having as escort a battalion of the 13th regulars, lie helped beat off the assailants, and moved on; reaching Corinth
But the Rebels
did not seem reconciled to his movements, and were constantly infesting Osterhaus
's division, who held the advance, supported by Morgan L. Smith
's, both under the command of Frank Blair
, as well as John E. Smith
's, which covered the working parties engaged in repairing the railroad; so that the movement had to be made circumspectly and slowly.
Stephen D. Lee
, with Roddy
's and Ferguson
's brigades, made up a force of about 5,000 irregular cavalry, who were constantly watching for chances to do mischief; and, though not strong enough to be perilous, they were so lively as to be vexatious.
At length, they got directly in the way at Cane creek
, compelling Blair
to hurt some of them before they would move.
By this time — Hooker
having long since arrived on the Tennessee
had become impatient for more decisive operations, and a messenger reached Sherman
with an order to drop all work on the railroad, and push on rapidly to Bridgeport
Moving energetically to Eastport
found there two gunboats and a decked coal-barge, which Admiral Porter
, at his request, had sent up the Tennessee
, to facilitate his crossing; but two transports and a ferry-boat soon arrived,4
by whose aid Sherman
was pushing on next day, leaving Blair
to protect his rear.
Arrived at Rogersville
, he found the Elk
unbridged and unfordable, and was compelled to move up its right bank to Fayetteville
, crossing there on a stone bridge, and marching by Winchester
whence lie forthwith reported in person to Grant
being at once made acquainted with the plans of the General
commanding, and accompanying him to a survey of the positions of the enemy; returning forthwith to Bridgeport
to expedite the movement of his troops.
had resolved to put in Sherman
's force mainly on his left — or up the Tennessee
; so his first point was to make Bragg
believe that he should use it on his extreme right.
To this end, his divisions were crossed as they arrived at Bridgeport
; the foremost (Ewing
's) moving by Shell Mound
, threatening to assail and turn Bragg
's extreme right.
But the residue of this army, as it came up, moved quietly and screened from Rebel observation to Kelly's ford
, recrossing on Smith
and marching around Chattanooga
to its assigned position on the left of Thomas
, where materials had already been noiselessly prepared for throwing