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1 “An impressed New-Yorker,” in his narrative of personal adventures, entitled “Thirteen months in the Rebel army,” say:
The army was not far from 60,000 strong, after Gen. George B. Crittenden's forces were added to it at Murfreesboroa. The season of the year was the worst possible in that latitude. Rain fell — sometimes sleet--four days out of the seven. The roads were bad enough at best; but, under such a tramping of horses and cutting of wheels as the march produced, soon became horrible. About 100 regiments were numbered in the army. The full complement of wagons to each regiment (24), would give above 2,000 wagons. Imagine such a train of heavily loaded wagons passing along a single mud road, accompanied by 55,000 infantry and 5,000 horsemen, in the midst of rain and sleet, day after day, camping at night in wet fields, or dripping woods, without sufficient food adapted to their wants, and often without any tents; the men lying down in their wet clothes, and rising chilled through and through. And let this continue for six weeks of incessant retreat, and you get a feeble glimpse of what we endured. The army suffered great loss from sickness, and some from desertion; some regiments leaving Bowling Green with six or seven hundred men, and reaching Corinth with but half of this number. The towns through which we passed were left full of sick men: and many were sent off to hospitals at some distance from our route.Pollard makes Johnston's army at Murfreesboroa but 17,000.
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